Revealing Problems on Teaching English for Young Learners at Al – Azhar 55 Islamic Primary School Yogyakarta and How to Solve Them

Anang Widodo, Septi Riana Dewi

Abstract

The present paper aims to reveal the problems faced by teachers when teaching English for second – grade students at Al – Azhar 55 Islamic Primary School
in Yogyakarta. This bilingual school is considered as a pilot project which began the
program in July 2016. There are only 2 classes which are the first and second grade.
However, this study involved 21 second-grade students, 2 homeroom teachers, and 1
native speaker. Qualitative method was applied in this study by combining document
analysis, observation, and interview both students and the teachers. The results show
some problems occurred during teaching and learning process and how the teachers
overcome them. The problems were (1) students’ lack of discipline during teaching and
learning process (2) the variety of students’ English ability, (3) difficulty in creating habit to use English as daily language, and (4) less support from parents. While, the solutions were (1) applying Class Dojo application, (2) providing the preparation class, (3) support and assistance from teachers and friends, and (4) hands – on learning.

Keywords

Bilingual school; problems, solutions; Class Dojo application

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