• Teaching diary

    Teaching Genre at An ESP Class

    In this new semester, I have a new teaching resolution that I’d like to see through. I’m trying to trust my students more to take charge of their own learning, to set their own goal, and of course to bring their own material.  This way, the class instruction is more individualized and customized to each student’s level and need. It is an important consideration since the proficiency levels in an ESP class are not uniformed and setting one syllabus for all is not working (trust me, I know). Of course, as a teacher, I should still set the standard competence as a guideline. For an introduction to genre, this week…

  • Teaching diary

    EFL learners’ socio-pragmatic awareness; a reflective writing

    In an intercultural communication, an error might arise during the process of carrying-over culture-specific aspects of language by speakers from two different backgrounds. One notable example from my latest classroom discussion was Pak Roni and his lady friend’s coffee story. Asking someone to have a cup of coffee is not entirely free of implicature in many cultures. As honest as his intention was in offering coffee as a gesture of hospitality, in eastern society, depending on the context, it is a hint that a guest has overstayed his/her welcome. In contemporary western culture, on the other hand, it insinuates a date invitation that might or might not involve the actual…

  • random thought,  Teaching diary

    The intercultural error of ‘You’ and ‘I’; a reflective writing

    As an English teacher, I have always been constricted by my own understanding that my primary goal is to assist students in reaching an acceptable standard of English proficiency – that includes fluency and comprehension. The instructional focus, therefore, is on two components only: students and language. Little did I ever try to acknowledge, let alone accommodate, the cultural value in my students’ language and that of English. One assignment in identifying errors made by students makes me realize the gravity of my mistake in doing so. First, language is not a neutral entity. It is and will always be laden with cultural and social load. Fairclough (2001) highlighted the…

  • (not too) personal,  menjadi baik,  Teaching diary

    What I learn from my (current) research journey

    So, currently, i’m in the process of conducting a research about language attrition (and maintenance) in EFL context. The first stage is to reveal the phenomenon from teachers’ perspective. For that, I conduct a survey. The first week in data collection process, preliminary look shows a stark homogeneity. It could mean 3 possibilities: 1) my instrument fails to capture/accommodate variability, 2) The demography is uniformed, and 3) that is the real situation in the field. For possibility 1, I did literature review and tested it again and again, and it’s okay. So I go on to test possibility number 2, and yes, most of my respondents are those teachers in…

  • bits and pieces,  Teaching diary

    Speaking Class Assignment Using Vlogs

    Ada banyak cara yang bisa dilakukan untuk belajar (dan hopefully acquire) bahasa kedua. Salah satunya dengan memanfaatkan new media yang ada saat ini (LMS, youtube, dan bahkan facebook). Nah, di kelas saya kali ini, saya meminta anak-anak untuk mengeksplor kreatifitas mereka dalam vlog. Fokus ‘penilaian’nya ada pada penggunaan bahasa lisan fungsionalnya, tapi aspek kreatifitas dan kualitas gambar juga mempengaruhi. Hasilnya beragam sih, ada yang asal jadi/asal mengerjakan tugas, ada pula yang niat banget sampai dibela-belain keluar kota untuk pengambilan gambarnya but overall i’m happy with their works lah. Some of them are here yah (to be updated)