THE TENOR AND FIELD OF THE CONVERSATIONS IN BAHASA INGGRIS KELAS X

Dwi Rukmini, Ana Sugiati

Abstract


This study was conducted because of the researchers‘ disappointment when they found that the English textbook provided for the tenth graders of all senior high schools (general, vocational, Islamic) was only one entitled Buku Bahasa Inggris Kelas X which was published by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture. It focused on the tenor and field of the conversations available in that book, therefore all the conversations in that textbook were taken as the data. The language model of Derewianka (1990) which suggests that language when it is used to communicate (spoken or written) is put and influenced by two contexts; context of culture and context of situations was used as the instrument to analyse the data. The context of situation gives rise to register which consists of three dimensions: field, tenor and mode. In this study, the mode dimension was not analyzed since the data were all in the form of spoken texts (conversations). The results reveal that the tenors and fields do not reflect the vocational students actually involve with when communicating in their environments (at schools and work places).These might be because the book is not specifically designed for them. The suggestion is that the English book for vocational students should have been specified considering that their needs of learning English is different from the needs of general high school students.

Keywords


conversation, tenor, field, vocational

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