Classroom discussion in teaching English

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Language is an important tool of communication. The primary function of language is for interaction and communication. Listening is one of the important parts in teaching English because it includes one of four basic language skills. the writer found that most of students of senior high school still get some difficulties in studying listening. It may be caused many factors including the limited students’ vocabularies and also their understanding of grammar. Besides the method used by the teacher in teaching English may also one of the reasons. Concerning to this condition, the writer thinks it would be better to use some learning strategies that invites the students to be active in teaching learning process. In addition, the most appropriate approach to solve the problem is by using Classroom Discussion. In this approach, the students get a big opportunity to express their own ideas and it can arouse their motivation to involve in a discussion in the classroom. By using Classroom Discussion it is hoped the students can develop their conceptual understanding, communication skills and thinking processes, and also involvement and engagement. And at last the students’ ability of listening may be improved.

Original title: CLASSROOM DISCUSSION IN TEACHING ENGLISH FOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS  TO IMPROVE THE ABILITY OF LISTENING

Originally written by: Dra. Sri Endang Kusmaryati, M.Pd. ~ The Lecturer of English Education Department, FKIP UMK Kudus

Presented in  an International Seminar “Creative Strategies for Teaching English”, Semarang, June 6th 2009  :cheerful:

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