Foreigner's role in helping Jember young learners speak better English

Indah Werdiningsih

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Teaching English for Young Learners is the main road to introduce English as a foreign language to lower class group (grade 1, 2, and 3) of elementary school students. In Indonesia where English is positioned as the first foreign language taught at school, children do not yet have an adequate understanding of the importance of learning English as an international language. One alternative to overcome this issue is by creating a fun and positive learning environment and providing new experiences for them to interact directly with foreign speakers. This research aims to investigate the extent of students' speaking skill in class 2C SDN Jember Lor 3 and will also explore thoroughly the factor associated with students' speaking such as how foreigners can help young learners speak better English. As it turns out, the students tend to have sufficient skill in speaking and are capable of conducting simple conversation with native teacher. Concerning to this matter, the adequate mastery of students' speaking may be influenced by several factors, especially those related to the help of the native teacher who models pronunciation, intonation, sentence stress, grammar, and vocabulary using valid and veritable accent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-127
Number of pages31
JournalAsian EFL Journal
Issue number5.2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Native teacher
  • Speaking ability
  • TEYL
  • Young learners


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