Habib Cahyono


This study investigated the practice of teaching English as a foreign language to young learners in an Indonesian formal elementary school. English teachers in Indonesia face many challenges in teaching English, especially in teaching young learners. The data collection methods used in this study were interviews, classroom observations, reflective conversations and documentary analysis. The result of this study shows that one of the challenges is related to the lack of social uses of the English language in real-life situations which would likely involve children in their daily life. Other problems are teachers’ skills in applying teaching English methods and techniques and teachers’ misconceptions about foreign language learning such as children learn foreign languages quickly and easily, the younger the child; the more skilled in acquiring a foreign language, the more time students spend in a foreign language context; the quicker they learn the language, all children learn a foreign language in the same way, and children learn things including English exactly the same way adults do. Recommendations and solutions for teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) to young learners practice are also discussed.

Key word : Masa keemasan (the golden age)

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