ROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS OF TEACHING ENGLISH TO NON ENGLISH DEPARTMENT STUDENTS

Widiarsih Mahanani

Abstract


English as a foreign language (EFL) is taught at Indonesian colleges, both in the English Department and non-English Department. Sufficient mastery of English is very important for nonEnglish Department students. To achieve this goal, in the first semester, students are taught the General English. However, in practice, both teachers and students still face many problems in the learning process because the students‘ ability to speak and write in English does not meet the expectation. This forces the teachers to teach grammar and vocabulary in the whole first semester and then ESP in the second semester. The teaching of ESP is important to allow the availability of English language skill for non-English Department students. This paper proposes alternative solutions for the success of the teaching. This study aims to explain the difficulties faced by students in learning English and what causes them. This study used a qualitative approach with questionnaires, observation, and video recording. Analysis of data was done through three ways: data reduction, data presentation, and verification. The results showed that the study subjects had difficulties in learning a variety of English. This happens due to their different levels of English language proficiency.

Keywords


General English, English for Specific Purposes, non-English Department students, English proficiency

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