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Using English to Enhance the Elementary School Students' Sense of Nationalism

Achmad Fanani
Published 2015

Abstract

English is an International language and is used worldwide. Hence, it must be mastered by anyone who would like to interact and succeed Internationally. Learning English is very important to do since early ages (more specifically since elementary school) to have better result. Unfortunately the government has made unpopular decision by removing English subject from the elementary school curriculum because of its potential to reduce the students' sense of nationalism. In fact, there is no scientific evidence that prove learning English in early age can only reduce the students' sense of nationalism. Indonesian people have been for long time dealing with foreign languages such as Arabic, Dutch, and Japanese. But the nationalism of Indonesian people in general remains high. In short, there is no need to remove this subject from the curriculum. Teaching English is actually can be used to raise the sense of nationalism. At least there are two ways that can be applied: internalization of nationalism values into the teaching materials and using songs of nationalism. Through these techniques it is expected that not only the children's English but also their sense of nationalism will increase. Keywords: English, nationalism, internalization of values, nationalism songs

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