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Jumat, 06 Juni 2014

"Still Reminds Me" to Teach English

Have you ever applied songs in teaching EFL? I have a dream that someday I can use songs to teach my students since I find that some students are interested to translate song lyrics better than a text. Most of them are interested to understand the meaning of a song, especially when the theme is about love. 
Last semester, I got a very interesting subject on my study: Discourse Analysis. I didn't know before that DA could give pleasure in viewing a string of sentence. But, from the moment I met my lecturer, ibu Diah Kristina, I began to understand that a sentence might give not only one single meaning for the speaker and the listener. 

Rabu, 21 Mei 2014

I'm Thankful

Hello, dear readers. It's been a long time for me not to write in this blog. Am I busy? Yes, a little bit. It's because I spend most of my time in front of my computer thinking about my thesis. Sometimes, I have to write something, but all I do is just being confused. Yeah, I'm a little confusing recently hahaa....

Have you ever learned English using songs? I'm quite sure that most of you will say "Yes". I myself also learned it using songs some years ago. I can say that using songs is an effective way to learn English since it can rehearse our ears to listen more, it can enrich our vocabulary, & it can provide us with a good constructed sentences with languages that we have never heard before in our English lesson at school. We can also learn to pronounce a word accurately. 

Selasa, 23 Juli 2013

The Application of Moral Value in Scientific activities

Primanda Dewanti

As every body knows, science has given many benefits for human. Our daily life nowadays has been very different compared to the life taken place some years or centuries ago. Human has developed science in such a way that everything seems easy to do. The next coming question is that: is there any regulation for them to do so? Can they expand science more and more in a free way without afraid of something?
Amsal Bakhtiar (2012: 162) gives a very critical question related to the matter; is knowledge always a blessing and life-saver for human being? He states it from the example that the making of bomb which was firstly dedicated to make humans work become easier and easier has given a negative effect for themselves. According to him, science has to be placed proportionally and based on good and humanistic value, unless there will be a damage as the result of careless usage of it.

Sabtu, 20 Juli 2013

"We're millionaires!"

Try to fill in the blanks without looking at the answer keys!

(Bayes in Paris)

In August 1999 three friends, Jacques Proust, Guy Fadat, and Francois Leclerc, ______ on holiday in the town of Laraque in France. On Sunday they ______ shopping in he market and they _______ a dirty, old painting of the Virgin Mary. They ______ it for 1,400 francs and they ______ it to Paris. In Paris, an expert said that the painting was by Leonardonda Vinci and it ______ worth 500,000,000 francs. The man in Laraque market _____: 'I was happy to sell the painting but now I'm very upset. I don't want to think about it!'

A red, red rose

(Robert Burns)

O my luve, is like a red, red rose,
    That's newly sprung in June.
O my luve is like the melodie
    That's sweetly played in tune.

Grammar Exercise 1

What do you think of Grammar?
Is it important to study it?

      Yes, of course. It is very important, especially for those who want to study abroad in English speaking country. Here are some questions on Grammar that were given by my dear lecturer, Mr. Martono. He is a lecturer in UNS. Let's try to do them :)


1.       Though sporadic interest in regional dialects _____ for centuries, the first large-scale systematic studies did not take place until the nineteenth century.
(A) has existed                              
(B) it existed
(C) has it existed                          
(D) existing with it

2.        __________irritating effect on humans, the use of phenol as a general antiseptic has been largely discontinued.
(A) Its                                         
(B) Because of its   
(C) Since its                                 
(D) Where its

Jumat, 19 Juli 2013

The Importance of Pronunciation in English School Books

Primanda Dewanti

Pronunciation is one of the most important language elements for students when studying English. Ideally, teachers should provide activities which can improve students’ pronunciation. However, most of the teachers nowadays do not pay much attention to it so that they rarely provide pronunciation-improving activities. Pronunciation is merely inserted in the school curriculum in the speaking skill. Meanwhile, only few school books which provide it. This article will attempt to see about: (1) the definition of pronunciation and its aspects, (2) why English teacher neglect it, (3) how to solve the problem, and (4) what activities can be involved in school books. Hopefully the article provides for students, teachers, and the policy maker of curriculum that pronunciation is very important in learning English.
Keywords: pronunciation, school books.