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Using Short Stories to Teach Language Skills

The notion that the main objective of EFL teaching is to help students to communicate fluently in the target language cause many teachers still believe that an EFL class should focus on mastering linguistic elements only. However, recent trend in EFL teaching indicates the necessity of integrating literature because of its rich potential to provide an authentic model of language use. Among literary genres, short stories seem to be the most suitable choice for this due to its potential to help students enhance the four skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing—more effectively because of the motivational benefit embedded in the stories. The purpose of this article is to familiarize EFL instructors with the effectiveness of using short stories in EFL instruction. After presenting criteria for selecting a short story, discussion is focused on how to exploit a short story for enhancing students' language skills.
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The Students' Perception on the Use of Picture to Improve Descriptive Paragraph Writing at Christian University of Indonesia

The objectives of this study were to examine the students' perception on the use of picture in writing descriptive paragraph and to investigate whether the students were interested in the use of picture in writing descriptive paragraph. This study was a survey using the qualitative and survey design. It involved 34 students of English Teaching Study Program, Christian University of Indonesia. To achieve the objectives, qualitative and quantitative data concerning the students' perceptions and interest were collected through a questionnaire and interview. The survey was administered to the eight semester students of 2012/2013 academic year. To support this research the data obtained through the open ended questionnaire, interview was conducted toward four students. The quantitative data were analyzed by using Microsoft Excel 2007, while the qualitative data were analyzed descriptively. The result of this study indicated that almost all of the students agreed to use the picture in developing their descriptive paragraph writing. The use of picture in writing also helped them understand the descriptive paragraphs even though they knew there was another media, i.g. realia, which could help them write a descriptive paragraph. Thus it is sugested that the English teachers should use this technique to improve students' descriptive paragraph writing. Keywords: perception, picture, writing, descriptive paragraph
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This study was conducted to improve young leaners' English vocabulary. To attain the objective, athree-cycled action research, taught vocabularies by using the story reading technique, was conductedto the 10 students of the K-1 grade in Grace Kids Preschool, Jakarta. The quantitative data collected using tests were analyzed using SPSS, andthe qualitative datacollected using observation and interview techniques were analyzed descriptively. The results indicated that the story reading techniques improved the participants' vocabulary mastery, as shown by the increase of the mean scores ofthe tests conducted, i.e. 42 (in the pre-test) to 62 (post-test of cycle I) to 80 (post-test of cycle II), and to 92 (post-test of cycle III); the use of stories significantly increased the students' vocabulary mastery. Based on the findings, it could be concluded that the use of story reading technique was effective to improve kindergarten students' vocabulary mastery.
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