Teaching English at Higher Education in Indonesia: Searching for Usefulness

Rokhyati, Umi (2013) Teaching English at Higher Education in Indonesia: Searching for Usefulness. In: Annual Seminar on English Language and Teaching 2013, 30-31 Agustus 2013, Universitas Negeri Padang.

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Foreign language is one of compulsory subjects for every student including students at higher education to learn. English becomes the choice as a foreign language learnt in many universities in Indonesia. This is a good choice since up to now English is still an international language that is needed in global society. Higher education graduates live as members of global society and therefore are demanded to be able to communicate in English. However, if students learn it only for two credits during their time studying at universities can it meet the demand? What can the students learn from two credits of English? What should be taught? Teaching English in such situation sometimes makes the lecturers confused. Offering higher education students two credits of English is just like a formality. It is not really useful. The English teaching at higher education must be changed into one which contributes to the students’ success in global communication using English. This paper will offer the ways how teaching English in higher education should be conducted. It will be started by discussing the policy of teaching foreign language in higher education made by the government. Then, examining the goals of teaching English and the materials taught to the students. If the usefulness is the target, a revision of teaching English to higher education students must be made.
Key words: teaching English, higher education, usefulness.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisi / Prodi: Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (Fakultas Keguruan dan Ilmu Pendidikan) > S1-English Education (S1-Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris)
Depositing User: Dra, M.Hum Umi Rokhyati Soekinoen
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 01:30
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2016 01:30
URI: http://eprints.uad.ac.id/id/eprint/2780

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