THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NEGOTIATED SYLLABUSES IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING AT UNIVERSITY LEVEL

Sintya Mutiara W.E.

Abstract


A negotiated syllabus is a syllabus involving a negotiation between teachers and learners in a teaching and learning process. It is seen as a communicative approach in the current English Language Teaching era. This research is aimed to investigate the implementation of a negotiated syllabus in English language teaching at university level. It identifies in what activities the teachers commonly apply the negotiated syllabus. It also reveals the strengths and constraints faced during the implementation. This research used descriptive qualitative method. The data collection was carried out by interviews with 15 English teachers at university level in Semarang and Jakarta. The finding revealed that most teachers have learned a negotiated syllabus and some have applied it in their teaching and learning process. These activities were generally implemented in discussing topics, assignments, daily activities, types of mid/final test, projects, and assessment. The most strength is that the teachers can fulfil the students‘ needs and wants, and the most constraint is the teachers are expected to be skillful and ready with new material plans and continuous evaluation. This study concludes that a negotiated syllabus is not quite familiar and frequently applied in English language teaching. However, it is hoped that it can be one of solutions to anticipate problems in English language teaching at university level.

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negotiated syllabus, university level, English, teacher

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