ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN MAKASSAR: TEACHERS’ PERCEPTIONS

Sirajuddin Kamal

DOI: https://doi.org/10.23917/kls.v19i2.4427

Abstract

Teachers are one of the most important parts in the discourse of education and
the process of teaching and learning in schools. It was this that interested the writer
to research their perceptions of English language teaching for primary students.
The respondents are five participants from different primary schools in Makassar.
They were asked to comment on their beliefs in terms of the materials used in the
classrooms, the aims of teaching English for primary students, their problems in
relation to professional knowledge, classroom practices and context (school and
community), and their way to resolve many problems. The responses are grouped
into four major categories in terms of the aims of the research and examined to
explore similarities and differences. The result showed that when the materials are
about familiar topics and are presented through songs, games, and pictures, in the
classroom they result in positive student attitude and increase interest and motivation
in learning English. Participants feel that the main aim of teaching English for
young students is to provide them with as much vocabulary as possible before they
move on to higher education. Finally, some constraints of the program are also
found in the classroom practices.

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