The Students’ Perceptions of EFL Classroom Interaction: An Indonesian Study

By Nunung Suryati, Shen Chen and Jennifer Archer.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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Abstract: This article reports an investigation of students’ perceptions of classroom interaction in English language classrooms in Indonesia. A survey distributed to 720 general and Islamic lower secondary school students revealed that: (a) students have limited interactions with their teacher in English, and even less interaction in English with their peers; (b) students see linguistic incompetence as a greater barrier to participation in classroom interaction than the boredom engendered by the traditional approach to teaching English; (c) students have positive attitudes towards classroom interactive activities that promote their oral communication and have high motivation to master oral English; and (d) students want teachers to provide scaffolding, speech modification, and corrective feedback. Suggestions for improving the teaching of English in Indonesian secondary schools are proposed.

Keywords: Classroom Interaction, English Language Teaching in Indonesia

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp.181-199. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 390.332KB).

Nunung Suryati

Ph. D Student, Education Faculty, University of Newcastle, Universitas Negeri Malang, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Nunung Suryati is currently teaching in the Faculty of Language and Arts, the State University of Malang. Her expertise includes second and foreign language teaching, cross-cultural studies and teaching strategies for English learners, and teacher education

Shen Chen

Associate Professor, School of Education, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle, Australia, Callaghan, NSW, Australia

Associate Professor Shen Chen is currently teaching in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle. His research interest includes international education, second and foreign language teaching and intercultural communication.

Jennifer Archer

Dr. Jennifer Archer is currently teaching in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle. Her research interest includes international education, second and foreign language teaching and intercultural communication