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ArtikelMother Tongue and English Language Learning: A Critical Analysis of Language Acquisition Divice Theory  
Oleh: Warta, I. Ketut
Jenis: Article from Proceeding
Dalam koleksi: The 62st TEFLIN International Conference: Teaching and Assessing L2 Learners in the 21st Century, Denpasar, 14-16th September 2015, Book 1, page 319-325.
Topik: LAD; Mother tongue; EFL teaching
Fulltext: hal 319.pdf (16.58MB)
Isi artikelControversy whether the position of mother tongue in EFL teaching is a fiction or fact has been a long debate and is still questioned but still left unresponded. The teaching of English in Indonesia is the most interesting yet the most frightening subject for the greater part of most school students. There is a claim among students, even teachers, that English and mathematics are still viewed as two most difficult subjects. The fact that students’ learning achievement of these two subjects is poor. This article is an attempt to explain the issues from Chomsky’s LAD theory and the position of mother tongue in EFL learning. The theory is profoundly analyzed and empirically justified. Ten mature students from graduate program, IKIP Mataram are interviewed in depth and recorded. The recorded information is transcribed. Qualitative data in terms of transcripts are then classified and some are reduced for the reason of analysis. The qualitative data in the forms of utterances and fragments are displayed in tables. Data analysis results EFL teaching is both interesting and challenging; the problems in EFL teaching may involve that of teacher, student, and method of teaching. Analysis on quantitative information indicates that proficiency in English is hard, if not impossible; and for learning benefit, the use of mother tongue is highly recommended. To summarize, the review of Chomsky’ theory and its implication on EFL learners will be of assistance for teachers and learners of English to be aware of the importance of mother tongue in learning other languages, of English in particular. In line with EFL learning achievement the use of mother tongue can be helpful.
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