Activities and exercises in the language classroom
: a case study in using the 'Suara Siswa' National Curriculum Guidelines for Indonesian

  • Kathryn Margaret Silburn

    Student thesis: Coursework Masters - CDU

    Abstract

    This case study monitored one teacher's use of the Suara Siswa National Curriculum Guidelines for Indonesian (National Indonesian Language Curriculum Project 1992) in an introductory-level secondary school Indonesian class through audio-taped teacher interviews, video-taped lessons, a student questionnaire, student interviews, and achievement tests. The study reflected on what is involved in implementing an activities-based approach to language learning as outlined in the Australian Language Levels Guidelines (Scarino, Vale, McKay & Clarke 1988) and used in the Curriculum. The range of factors which impinge on curriculum implementation were highlighted. In this case the teacher was driven by a need to motivate student enjoyment of language learning and to maintain classroom control, resulting in a preference for particular kinds of tasks and frequent use of closed questions. The study considered the extent to which students were able to use Indonesian for their own communicative purposes and to engage in the learning process in cognitively demanding ways. Assessment criteria applied by the teacher were also considered. The study drew attention to the impact of the teacher's personality and manner on student attitudes towards language learning and the value of including tasks which appeal to students. It also revealed the way in which teachers come to adopt new curricula, emphasising the need for time, collegial support, and the teacher's involvement in interpreting and reshaping curriculum documents.
    Date of AwardMar 1999
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorBrian Devlin (Supervisor)

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