A Reflection on a Teaching Practice: A Study on a Session of Teaching Practicum

A Reflection on a Teaching Practice: A Study on a Session of Teaching Practicum 

Wakhid Nashruddin

(wahid1n@yahoo.co.id)

State Institute of Islamic Studies Nurjati at Cirebon, West Java—Indonesia

 

A reflection on a teacher’s teaching can help the teacher see whether or not her/his teaching is good. On the other hand, the teacher can also learn many things, including the appropriateness of techniques in the teaching. Assisted by observers, the teacher can collect data on her/his teaching. This paper presents a report on a teaching practicum session where a (trainee) teacher was observed by 26 observers (a supervisor and twenty five peers). The topics of the discussion are lesson plan, trainee’s mastery of the lesson, trainee’s teaching techniques/performance, trainee’s classroom management, trainee’s use of English, and overall teaching score. As a reflection, the trainee teacher can get many lessons from his teaching.

Key words: reflection, teaching practice, peer teaching

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The Implementation of Lesson Study in English Language Learning

The Implementation of Lesson Study in English Language Learning:

A Case Study in A Private Senior High School in Malang—East Java—Indonesia

 

by

 Wakhid Nashruddin 

(State Institute of Islamic Studies “Syekh Nurjati” Cirebon)

Dian Nurrachman

(State Islamic University “Sunan Gunung Jati’ Bandung)

Lesson Study as a growing interest in the education world has attracted educators, experts, and professionals in the area to make use of it in improving the lessons—it also happens inIndonesia. Originally applied in the teaching of mathematics inJapan, now it turns to be used in other fields, and English is one of them. This paper highlights the guideline on Lesson Study and pictures its application in a private senior high school inMalang, East Java, Indonesia. The adaptation of Lesson Study is interesting sinceJapanandIndonesiahave different cultural background. How Lesson Study is usually implemented inJapanand theUSand how it is applied inIndonesiawill be seen here. As this is a case study, it will only focus on a school and the result should not be used to generalize Lesson Study applications inIndonesia. Interview and observation were instruments used in this study. The interview was used to gain information on how Lesson Study was normally conducted and observation (and the researchers’ involvements) was used to see the real implementation of Lesson Study. What happened during the implementation of Lesson Study and during the teaching and learning process become a great attention here.

Key words: Lesson Study, English, implementation

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Diverging Tasks in Listening Activities

Diverging Tasks in Listening Activities

  

Wakhid Nashruddin

wahid1n@yahoo.co.id

 

Teachers tend to repeat playing listening materials again and again in listening activities; assuming students will understand the whole content of a text after listening to it several times. They seem to forget that listening to the same text will be boring resulting to students feeling difficult to understand it. Anticipating that, teachers should provide more various tasks with the same text. In this way, teachers can make sure that students will listen to the same text several times—with different purposes and activities of listening—and make sure students will not get bored. In the end, students will get a complete comprehension of the text they are learning.

Key words: listening, text, tasks, purpose

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Rehearsal, Performance, Debriefing: An Investigation of Speaking Strategy in EAP

Rehearsal, Performance, Debriefing: An Investigation of Speaking Strategy in EAP

Wakhid Nashruddin

(wahid1n@yahoo.co.id, wakhid.n@gmail.com)

The improvement of speaking skill as the goal of English language learning has been an interesting area to study. Rehearsal, Performance, and Debriefing (RPD) as a sequence of teaching and learning speaking attracted my attention. The three stages in teaching speaking were observed, and the result was quite promising. The study I conduct is only as a “preliminary” one, to see to what extent this strategy may be applicable in ESL/EFL classes. The way I analyze this technique is first, by reviewing the nature of speaking, and then explaining what steps may be used for scenarios. The next step is discussing and matching the technique with relevant theories that support or doubt the use of it. After that, the application of RPD is put in the picture. Finally, I will come to the reflection, conclusion, and suggestion related to the use of this technique.

Key words: speaking, teaching, EAP, rehearsal, performance, debriefing

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Preparing Students Facing Listening Comprehension Test

Preparing Students Facing Listening Comprehension Test

Wakhid Nashruddin
(wahid1n@yahoo.co.id)
State College for Islamic Studies at Cirebon

Listening is tested in many language proficiency tests, such as TOEFL®, IELTS®, TOEIC®, and also UAN (National Final Examination), and usually comes at the beginning of the test. Unfortunately, the preparation of it seems to be forgotten, to be put aside, comparing to other language components-reading, grammar, and writing. This study will try to collect ideas in how to improve listening skill from others’ experiences in teaching listening. The ideas will be gathered from some resources; journals, text books, and activity books. EFL learners will improve their listening skill by doing extensive listening, listening while reading the transcripts, and other techniques, while teachers will guide them through the process.

Key words: receptive skill, accustom, comprehend

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Helping EFL Learners Pronounce Wh-Questions

Helping EFL Learners Pronounce Wh-Questions

Wakhid Nashruddin

Our speaking will determine how well people understand our speech. Indonesian and English’s intonation and pitch are sometimes different in forms, functions, and meanings implied; since in the two languages, intonations may lead to different intention. When the speakers of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) fail producing good intonation close to native speakers, their speech will sound strange and will be difficult to understand. This research will try to analyze and solve Indonesian students’ problem in producing questions using question words seen from phonological point of view. This research will be conducted by compiling references to use in building and improving students’ understanding in uttering questions using question words. Using drill techniques, teachers will be able to make their students accustomed to produce good intonation questions.

Key words: pitch, meaning, question words, drill 

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