Low Proficient Students’ Oral Interaction with Native Speaker of English as a Language Assistant in the Classroom


There are many students in Indonesia who are afraid of speaking in English. The lack of vocabulary, fluency, accuracy, and also exposure makes it difficult for students to be confident speaking English. This study entitled 'Low proficient Student' Oral Interaction with Native Speakers of English as a Language Assistant in the Classroom' is aimed to investigate how low proficient students interact with a native speaker of English and what they feel following the conversation. This study uses qualitative research involving four 10th grade students in one of vocational high schools in Bandung, Indonesia. The sample is taken purposively in order to get the uniqueness. Observations were conducted in this study to observe four low proficient students' interaction with native speaker of English during 16 meetings. An interview is also conducted to find out what students feel when they have a conversation and whether they feel an improvement in their speaking skill. The data were collected based on observation and interview results. According to the observation findings, low proficient students experience an improvement in their speaking skill after interacting with a native speaker even if they faced difficulties. The interview results show that they are more confident in speaking English after having a conversation with a native speaker. Therefore, it is suggested that if it is necessary, the teachers make a collaboration or work together with native speakers in order to improve students' speaking skill.

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Imelda Wahyuni Husein, Indonesia University of Education, Indonesia

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Conference: ACE2018

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