USING PORTFOLIO TO ASSESS YOUNG LEARNERS PERFORMANCE

USING PORTFOLIO TO ASSESS YOUNG LEARNERS PERFORMANCE

Education, Umum
Introduction Traditional forms of testing and assessment have been criticized for their failure to truly assess young learners. Traditional forms of assessment do not represent the activities that children usually perform in the classroom. Children have an amazing ability to absorb the language through play and other activities which they find enjoyable (Scott and Ytreberg, 1990). Therefore, if the children are assessed using the traditional form of assessment, the result will not reflect the students performance. In addition, traditional forms of assessment only focus more on product rather than the process. For example, objective paper and pencil tests usually focus on whether children get the right answers, instead of the process of how they arrive at their responses (Fischer and King, 1995). Scott and Ytreberg (1990: 7) stated that formal…
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Teaching Speaking to Young Learners through Storytelling

Teaching Speaking to Young Learners through Storytelling

Education, Umum
Story is one of things that make people different from other creatures. People like to use story to tell about real events, history, and family. Story also can be used to teach young learners when they learn a language. Eades (2006: 11) says that stories can be an invaluable tool for developing speaking and listening skills and as a stimulus for discussion or for philosophy and thinking skills. In line with that statement, Garvie (1990) as quoted by Maurao (2009) describes story as a vehicle for all that is language learning, which includes the cognitive and affective factors. Cameron (2001: 160) says that storytelling is an oral activity, and stories have the shape they do because they are designed to be listened to and, in many situations, participated in. Eades…
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The Teaching of Writing in Junior High Schools in Indonesia

The Teaching of Writing in Junior High Schools in Indonesia

Education, Umum
Based on the basic competency for junior high school, it is said that language teaching in junior high school is targeted for the students to be able to communicate orally and written well (Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Indonesia: 2017). The goal of teaching writing at Junior High School level is developing students’ competence in expressing for communication with people surround them. The teaching of writing in this level also aims at developing students’ competence in various text types including descriptive, recount, narrative, procedure, and factual report (Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Indonesia: 2017). The distribution of the various text types taught at Junior High Schools level in Indonesia can be seen in Table 1.   Grade Text Types VII Functional Texts; descriptive texts VIII Functional Texts; descriptive texts IX Functional Texts;…
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