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Oral Presentation

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Social Sciences

Abstract

Defense critical language learner generally focus on communicative competence instead of linguistics competence due to their responsibility of collaborating with native speaker to solve a problem in the target country. Thus, it is expected for military people to be able to not only speak the language but also understanding the culture and values in target country to avoid misunderstanding between both party. However, they usually have limited time to attend the language class due to the urgency of their job. Thus, we believe that it is important to start emerging both language and culture since the very beginning of their language level. In short, employing authentic material since beginning level is important to this kind of circumstances.

A mix design is developed to see if authentic material influence the motivation and performance of students from military background in learning Indonesian language. It is also used to see if difference level of competence influence the students performance in understanding authentic material. The population of the study is the military students who takes Indonesian language class as their electives defense critical language. While the sample is using a convenience sample, Military students who are registered in Indonesian Class at the University of Montana. The data analysis will be done through paired sample t-tes, two ways anova with Tukey's Post Hoc and Wilcoxon signed rank test to test the research hypothesis.

The expected result would be authentic material will gives better understanding on the target language or not as well as gives more motivation for students to learn about the language and future further. The key point of activities that are provided to employ authentic material is intended to make students feel relaxed and comfortable to discuss the content of language. The students should have space to express their ideas in meaningful and communicative tasks and activities. This will ensure that students are doing something with a purpose in their mind. Some activities that I found quite challenging for students to immerse the language from authentic material include information-gathering activities (students searched information from the article and video news) and opinion sharing activities (activities in which students compare values, opinions, or beliefs such as delivering the opinion based on their own major and relating their opinion with the new information given) (Richard, 2006). This kind of activity is intended to give students more topic to talk about in oral proficiency interview. So that, they can achieve certain level of speaking proficiency.

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"I Want an Authenticity" : Developing Communicative Competence of Defense Critical Language with Audio and Article News

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Defense critical language learner generally focus on communicative competence instead of linguistics competence due to their responsibility of collaborating with native speaker to solve a problem in the target country. Thus, it is expected for military people to be able to not only speak the language but also understanding the culture and values in target country to avoid misunderstanding between both party. However, they usually have limited time to attend the language class due to the urgency of their job. Thus, we believe that it is important to start emerging both language and culture since the very beginning of their language level. In short, employing authentic material since beginning level is important to this kind of circumstances.

A mix design is developed to see if authentic material influence the motivation and performance of students from military background in learning Indonesian language. It is also used to see if difference level of competence influence the students performance in understanding authentic material. The population of the study is the military students who takes Indonesian language class as their electives defense critical language. While the sample is using a convenience sample, Military students who are registered in Indonesian Class at the University of Montana. The data analysis will be done through paired sample t-tes, two ways anova with Tukey's Post Hoc and Wilcoxon signed rank test to test the research hypothesis.

The expected result would be authentic material will gives better understanding on the target language or not as well as gives more motivation for students to learn about the language and future further. The key point of activities that are provided to employ authentic material is intended to make students feel relaxed and comfortable to discuss the content of language. The students should have space to express their ideas in meaningful and communicative tasks and activities. This will ensure that students are doing something with a purpose in their mind. Some activities that I found quite challenging for students to immerse the language from authentic material include information-gathering activities (students searched information from the article and video news) and opinion sharing activities (activities in which students compare values, opinions, or beliefs such as delivering the opinion based on their own major and relating their opinion with the new information given) (Richard, 2006). This kind of activity is intended to give students more topic to talk about in oral proficiency interview. So that, they can achieve certain level of speaking proficiency.