English as Daily Language at School

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English as Daily Language at School

By: SUKARNO, SIP, SS.

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wa barakatuuh . (Peace be upon you)

 Expressing our gratitude must be delivered just for Allah, God, Lord due to His favor and charity. So, we can meet through Gradasi Magazine in this beautiful edition. We should also thank our Prophet Muhammad SAW.

Sukarno, SIP, SS also thanks the Gradasi’s Board of Editors for giving him chance to write in this magazine. He hopes that this writing will be very useful for any students and any schools in Central Java and DI Yogyakarta especially, and in Indonesia generally.

In this precious opportunity I will write about the benefits of English as daily language at school. Today, there are many schools which have different predicates: national standard school (SSN), RSBI or SBI, bilingual schools, and boarding schools. What’s your school predicate? I think you have known about this. Whatever your school predicate is, it is important to master English. If you study English seriously, you will be able to compete with students from not only Indonesia but also from other countries.

Dear Gradasi readers in Central Java and DI Yogyakarta provinces,

Now perhaps you are studying at junior high school (SMP), Islamic junior high school (MTs), senior high school (SMA), vocational high school (SMK), Islamic senior high school (MA), or even in university. Some of you are in grade seven, eight, and nine. Some of you are in grade ten, eleven. And some of you are now in twelfth grade.

Therefore, on average you have studied English more than three years. If you have studied English since the first grade at elementary school, at least you will have studied English for six years. But can you understand any news broadcasted in English? Can you speak English fluently? Can you write any English articles? Can you deliver any English speech? Can you conduct any debates in English? Can you conduct any English interviews? If most of your answers are no, then I will motivate you to use English as daily language at your school.

As examples for students, teachers must use English among them in daily activities at school. In general, the teaching learning process can use bilingual (Indonesian and English). But especially for English subject, the teaching and learning process should be conveyed in English only. If the students get so many difficulties in understanding the lesson delivered in English, then the teachers can use the body language. If the students still do not understand the materials, the teachers can use the national language to help the students to understand the lessons.

Dear readers in Central Java and DI Yogyakarta provinces,

There are some benefits of using English as daily language at our school. First, we get opportunity to develop our English skills, especially listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Wherever we meet friends at school, we say in English. Whenever we meet teachers and other administration staffs we speak in English. In the morning, we can say greeting: good morning. And in the afternoon we can greet: good afternoon.

I still remember, when I studied at SMUN 1 Wirosari in Grobogan Regency, I practiced my English with some teachers and some friends. Although I felt that my English vocabularies were so limited at that time, but I tried to use them in the communication. I also practiced my English when I studied at Diponegoro University, one of the prominent universities in Indonesia.

Moreover we can start sending short messages by using English from now. We can also update status on Facebook or Twitter accounts in English. We can also practice our English by reading aloud. We can also try to practice questions and answers in English. If we find any difficult words, we can consult any good dictionaries, either electronic dictionaries or printed dictionaries. If we don’t have any dictionaries, we can save pocket money, and buy any dictionaries we need later.

Dear Gradasi readers in Central Java and DI Yogyakarta provinces,

Second, we will get accustomed to prepare for the exams, especially English subject. As we know that English is one of the subjects which is tested nationally in national examination (UN). If we have good English mastery, we will get bigger opportunity to study abroad. For examples, if we dream to study in the United Kingdom (UK) or Europe in general, the United States of America (USA), Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, etc.

Third, we will get more self confidence. If we use English as daily language at school, I am sure we will feel that we are a part of international society. Why? It is because English is one of the international languages. In the United Nations, there are five main languages namely English, French, Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish (Aprilia, 2010: xxiv).

Fourth, if we use English as daily language at our school, we will be able to apply the English grammar that we have studied for some years. If we never use our English, it will be difficult for us to communicate in English fluently. By practicing our English, we will also be able to enrich our vocabularies, pronunciation, expressions, cultural understanding, idioms, etc.

Dear readers in Central Java and DI Yogyakarta provinces,

Last but not least, I would like to say that it is not impossible for you to use English as daily language at your school. It will be successful if you practice, practice, and practice. That’s all the writing for this edition. You may say yes to the use English as daily language at your school. Thank you so much for your attention.

Wassalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh .

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 @15:47


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