It must be interesting to investigate how English teachers’ identities are constructed in certain Islamic schools using post-structuralist perspective. The teachers in such these schools should negotiate a dilemma; teaching Islamic values in one hand, and integrating “alien” western cultures in another hand, in their teaching practices.
Native speaker is often supplemented by detailing nondevelopmental characteristics that they share. Stern (1983) claims that native speakers have (a) a subconscious knowledge of rules, (b) an intuitive grasp of meanings, (c) the ability to communicate within social settings, (d) a range of language skills, and (e) creativity of language use. The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied […]
It is important that the materials used in class represent both native and non-native speakers, particularly those similar to learners themselves. Such an inclusive representation represents the profile of English users more accurately and helps learners develop a more realistic expectation about their future interlocutors. Aya Matsuda in Lubna Alsagoff, et. al (2002: p. 175)
Cortazzi and Jin (1999) distinguish three types of cultural information that can be used in language textbooks and materials: target culture materials that use the culture of a country where English is spoken as a first language source culture materials that draw on the learners’ own culture as content international target culture materials that use […]
The dominant instructional model(s) of the course should be selected according to the goal of the curriculum and the needs of students, and the varieties of English represented in the teaching materials should match the focus of the course. In many cases, American or British English – the two most popular choices for instructional […]
It is suggested that in EIL (English as an International Language) classrooms, one of the important goals is to develop awareness of and sensitivity toward differences – in forms, uses, and users – and learn to respect (or at least tolerate) those differences. EIL teaching materials must support and promote this. Aya Matsuda in Lubna […]
It is a sample of an English mid-test for Seventh Grade, Junior High School in Indonesia. Click here to download.
American students and German students have different connotations in seeing the word “Auslander” (foreigner) found in a short story taught in a German class. This happens as they have different schemata and frame which are based on their cultural experience. To the former, this term is difficult to define as US consists of citizens from […]
This posting is the continuation of my book draft; Basic English Grammar. It is about Present Perfect Tense. Click here to download the draft.
The advanced development of internet has influenced mankind in almost all aspects of life including the field of English Language Teaching (ELT). In response to it, English teachers should make use of it to enhance the quality of their teaching. One of its strategies is by using Quipper School, a popular educational online platform focusing […]
Teaching foreign language should involve teaching culture ranging from source, target and international culture. This should be reflected in teaching materials including textbooks and workbooks. This research seeks to investigate whether or not the materials presented in the teaching and learning process fulfill the requirement of being international institutions as claimed by English Language Intensive […]
Many locally published ELT textbooks include local culture overwhelmingly as the effort to strengthen national character building. On the contrary, internationally published ELT textbooks ignore the inclusion of local culture as they are addressed for international market. In the light of English as an international language and to incorporate intercultural competence, ELT textbooks should contain […]
As a learning teacher I have to approach my profession as an experimental pedagogy. There are so many problems I face while I teach, and I have to make them research questions that should be solved through systematic research. Not only a single research, but continuous and even expanding research. This gives me two simultaneous […]
I should not limit my involvement in the field of language teaching to teaching or lecturing. Actually, there are many things that I can do to develop the field such as conducting numbers of research, writing papers for journal publication and seminars or conferences proceeding, designing and developing language programs, developing materials or ELT textbooks, […]
This article tries to make a relatively comprehensive description on textbook evaluation by surveying four scientific journals on textbook evaluation. They include William (1983), Ellis (1997), Sheldon (1988), and Hutchinson (1987). These articles are selected as they are cited in many research papers on textbook or teaching materials evaluation in different background and teaching contexts […]
This posting is another excerpt of my book project entitled “Basic English Grammar”. It is about personal pronoun. It is grouped within the chapter of parts of speech. Click here to download the file. See disclaimer to cite all things written in my blog.
I realize that it is hardly possible for me to author an authentic English grammar book as I’m not an English native speaker and never stay in any English speaking countries. Moreover, I, myself, never bought and read any English grammar books written by a non-native speaker apart from a series of English Grammar textbook […]
It is still about my book project “Basic English Grammar”. In this section, I wrote Present Continuous Tense including its forms, functions and exercises. Feel free to download the article here. Bye for now.
This posting is another part of Basic English Grammar Series that I’m currently working hard to accomplish. It is about Simple Present Tense, the most used tense in English, I think. In my book outline this material is placed in chapter 5, Unit 1. It means that it is the first material being discussed in […]
Here is another lesson I’ve designed. The topic is about advertisement. In this class, the students practice how to become a sales-promotion person whose job is to promote a particular commercial product. It is obvious, then, that the teaching objective is how to enhance students’ speaking skill.