‘I school at…’ and Other Sentences: A Phenomenon of English Sentence Production of Indonesian EFL Learners

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Christina Eli Indriyani
Maria Septiyani Septiyani


Learning English as a foreign language is important but it is also difficult. The reason why it is important is that it can support learners to reach the opportunities in the future, for example getting a job, getting a scholarship, conducting a research and many others. However, it is also difficult. The difficulties can be seen from various aspects, such as learners’ background knowledge, learners’ mother tongue, and learners’ anxiety. Indonesian who learn English experiences these kinds of difficulties. English is learnt as a foreign language in Indonesia. Though it has taught since early level, there are mistakes found by the writers when the learners produce spoken or written utterances. The mistake that triggers the writers to write this paper is the sentence ‘I am school at SMA 5 Kupang,’ when the student meant to say ‘Saya bersekolah di SMA 5 Kupang.’ This kind of mistake raises since the students do not get used to English and they have lack of knowledge of English. Therefore, instead of saying ‘I study at SMA 5 Kupang,’they say ‘I am school at SMA5 Kupang.’ This phenomenon likely influence students’ ability in producing utterances especially in direct translation. The data of this research was collected through observation and students’ performance in class. The data was analysed qualitatively and the result showed that most students made mistakes before the teachers correct them. This paper aims to dig out more on this phenomenon and it is expected to give more insight to the English learning and teaching process.



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