Wake Up Everybody !!!

Selasa, 02 Juli 2013

Topics in Applied Linguistics Final Assignment


Communication is the media of human interaction to share ideas and feelings. It is important to reflect what we want to deliver. In delivering our intentions, it depends on the using of language which is represented by words. 
According to Austin (1962) in Thomas (1945:49), speech acts is how to do things with words. Austin made three distinctions; locutionary, illocutionary, and perlocutionary. Locutionary is the actual words uttered, illocutionary is the force or intention based the words, and perlocutionary is the effect of the illocution on the hearer.
Oliver (1970) argues microteaching as a scaled down sample of actual teaching which generally lasts ten to thirty minutes and involves five to ten students. From that definition we can conclude that micro teaching is mini teaching process which is conducted in certain duration which involves small group students.
According to Sutton (2008) communication in classroom is more complex and unpredictable than in many other situations. From that argument we can see that teachers should know well how to deliver their intention. This situation is closely related with the concept of speech acts. Therefore, I want to conduct a study analyses speech acts used by teacher-students in maintaining classroom communication in micro teaching, in this case are the sixth semester students of Semarang State University. There are several reasons for choosing the topic. First, I want to know the types of speech acts used by the sixth semester students in maintaining classroom communication in micro teaching. Second, I also want to know how to deliver our intentions effectively while we are teaching.

The objectives of this study are:
1.) To find out the types of speech acts were used by the sixth semester students in maintaining classroom communication in micro teaching.
2.) To find out the speech acts which were dominantly used by the sixth semester students in maintaining classroom communication in micro teaching.

In doing this study I preview a prevous study from Muhammad Agus Nur Sholeh (2009) entitled A Speech Acts of Martin Luther King, Jr’s Speech Entitled “I Have a Dream”. The analysis is based on the theory from Yule (1995). The study found out 50 utterances of speech acts. Each kind of speech acts is ranked based on its frequency and made percentage of them. Representative speech act is most commonly used by Martin Luther King, Jr. Directive speech is the second most commonly used. Third is declaration speech acts.
Speech Acts 
Austin (1962) in Levinson (1983;228) states that speech acts are not just to say things, i.e: describe states of affairs, but rather actively to do things. However, when we are talking about speech acts we will come to the conclusion that whenever people talk they not only deliver statements but also convey intended action behind their utterances.
Micro Teaching
Eve and Allen (1968) suggest that microteaching is defined as a system of controlled that makes it possible to concentrate on specified teaching behavior and to practice teaching under controlled condition.

There are several steps which are taken to collect the data. Those steps are explained as follows:
(1) Watching
It refers to watch the videos of student-teachers microteaching.
(2) Transcribing
It refers to transcribe the student-teachers utterances during micro teaching.
(3) Simplifying
It refers to simplify the data which contains speech acts that are to be analyzed.
(4) Classifying
This step refers to classify the data into the types of speech acts.
(5) Inventorying
It refers to listing the classified the data into table. The table consists of five columns; number, utterance, type of speech acts and interpretation.
(6) Concluding
It refers to drawing the conclusions of the study. They are the types of speech acts used by student-teachers in Micro Teaching and the frequency of using speech acts in micro teaching.

The study of speech acts deals with pragmatics. Therefore, in English Department of Semarang State University pragmatics can be taught deeply either for student of education and literature. For English teacher, the understanding about speech acts will make them comprehend well in delivering their intention in maintaining classroom communication. Thus, the objectives of the lesson can be achieved.

Fitriani, Wigit. 2010. Speech Acts Used by the Fifth Semester Students in Micro Teaching of Semarang State University. Final Project Semarang State University.
Soleh, Muhammad Agus Nur. 2009. A Speech Act of Martin Luther King, Jr’s Speech entitled “I Have a Dream”. Final Project Semarang State University.
Pragmatics. Online at http://www.gxnu.edu.cn/Personal/szliu/definition.html [ accessed on 19/06/2013 ]

Minggu, 19 Mei 2013

Wake Up !! Let's Make the World Gets Better !!

Skills Focus : Listening, Vocabulary and Writing Skills
Level : Grade XII Senior High School

Songs for Teaching
Teaching songs is a wonderful way to learn English. You might have the answer regarding how to motivate your students.

Welcome to my personal blog.In this sections you will find 3 steps of learning process. There are lesson beginning ( pre-listening), main activity ( whilst listening ) and Closing Activity ( post-listening)

Ø Lesson Beginnings

Hello My Adorable Students !!
Firstly, I'd like to say thank you to all of you who have opened this website. 
Let me ask you, what are you doing when you already woke up in the morning?
A common people usually they do this common activities when they already woke up, as you seen on the list below;
  • Take a bath
  • Get dress up
  • Have a breakfast
  • Go to school
As a students, you must go to school everyday. But, what is the main job of students actually? 
Could you explain it?
In order to make you more understand, do this following task !

 Ø Main Activity
Listen to a music is a good way to learn English interestingly. Now, listen to this song by clicking the play button. This song is sung by John Legend feat The Roots and Melanie Fiona. While you are listening, try to complete the missing lyrics !

Wake Up Everybody - John Legend
Wake up everybody
No more __________ in bed
No more _________ thinking
Time for thinking ahead
The world has changed so very much
From what it ________ be
There is so much hatred
War and _______

Wake up all the ___________
Time to teach a new way
_________ then they'll listen
To what you have to say
'Cause they're the ones who's __________
And the world is in their hands
When you teach the children
________ them the very best you can

The world won't get no better
If we just let it be
The world won't get no better
We got to change it just __________

Wake up all the _______
Make the old people well
They're the ones who __________
And who catch all the hell
They don't have so very long
Before their _________ day
So won't you make them happy
Before they pass away?

Wake up all the ________
Time to build a new land
I know we can do it
If we all ________ a hand
The only thing we have to do
Is put it in our minds
_________ things will work out
'Cause they do every time, yeah


Here’s the Music Video. Check this one out 

After you listening to the song, try to answer the following questions

Ø Closing Activity
After you did all the materials, what you have learned about the songs?
State your opinion, as a students what you supposed to do based on the moral values in the song?
Write down your imagination about your profession later and what you will contribute in order to make the world's getting better?

Please write down:

1.                 Full Name
2.                 Do the exercise 
The due date for this assignment is  7 June 2013 @ 11.59 pm
Submit to ahappymoments@gmail.com
Those who are late, I consider they don't submit the assignments.

Please feel free if you have any question, leave a comment.

Good Luck :)