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Vol. 13, No. 1, June

Coleridge's Orientalist View of Mahomet
Abstract: From an Orientalist viewpoint, Coleridge and his poems were shaped by the discursive web of the 18th century culture, and he was not free from the worldliness of historical forces. However, it is not difficult to see resistance towards dominant...
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A Semiotic Analysis of Cyber Emoticons (A Case Study of Kaskus Emoticons in the Lounge Forum at Kaskus-The Largest Indonesian Community)
Abstract: Kaskus emoticons have been used widely in cyber, whether in Kaskus forum or blogs and other Instant Messengers (IMs). The use of emoticon in the forum is believed to be the latest way in communication among members. The use of emoticons is...
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Salinger and Holden: Silent Heroes of Modern Times
Abstract: Among the great writers of the tumultuous decade of 1950s America, J. D. Salinger acquires a peculiar stance. His popularity rests precisely on two bases: that he was the writer of one literary bible of the young generations to come, The Catcher...
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Reading the Death in Literary Works (A Comparison between "Dokter Dan Maut" and A Christmas Carol)
Abstract: This paper compares two literary works written by an Indonesian and a British author. There are some different points of views regarding the phenomenon of death in these literary works. In contrary, there are also similarities between the two...
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An English Teacher Struggle to Establish Voice in the Periphery
Abstract: This paper explores my identity formation and the struggle to establish voice as a non-native teacher working in the periphery. While publication on non-native speakers' struggle into academia has been growing in the West, such publication...
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Analysis of Misunderstanding Caused by Different Interpretations of Speech Act Labels in Tintin and Asterix Comic Series
Abstract: This paper presents analysis of misunderstanding occurred in a conversation which is caused by different interpretation of speech act labels between the speaker and the hearer. Misunderstanding occurred in these comic series causes various...
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The Washback Effect of the English National Examination (ENE) on English Teachers' Classroom Teaching and Students' Learning
Abstract: Since 2005, Indonesia has administered the National Examination (NE), from which the result is used as a basis to decide the students' exit from secondary schools. As a high stake testing, the NE has caused various washback effects, both positive...
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Archetypal Anxieties in Stanley Kubrick's the Shining
Abstract: The study intends to study the archetypal anxieties in Stanley Kubrick's (1980) The Shining, which can be interpreted as Danny's journey for the completion of his individualization process. In his individualization process, Danny has to go...
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Investigation of Scalar Implicatures of Binus University Students
Abstract: Scalar implicatures are based on a range of quantifiers ordered in terms of informational strength, for example in quantity: some, most, all; in frequency: sometimes, often, and always. This study measures the scalar implicatures among university...
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Formation of Youth Identity in Indonesian Islamic Chick Lit
Abstract: This paper is to argue that literature studies may help reveal the formation of young Indonesian female Muslim identity by looking at the books they read and write. It will particularly discuss two popular Islamic Chick Lit Santri Semelekete...
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Vol. 11, No. 2, December

Factors Inhibiting and Facilitating Japanese Teachers of English in Adopting Communicative Language Teaching Methodologies
Abstract: This is a partial report on junior and senior high school Japanese teachers of English and changes in their beliefs and practices after attending a 4-month program of language and pedagogical study in Canada. Findings from this case study suggest...
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The Promise and Failure of the American Dream in Scott Fitzgerald's Fiction
Abstract: The Great Gatsby is Fitzgerald's best fictional account of the promise and failure of the American dream because here the congruity of story and style and attitude is most meaningful to the depiction of this theme. Fitzgerald created Gatsby...
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Teaching Multiliteracies in Scientific Discourse: Implications from Symbolic Construction of Chemistry*
Abstract: Recent research on science education has increasingly focused on the literacy challenges posed by multimodality. While students are required by government mandated syllabi to make a successful translation between different semiotic resources,...
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Language Revolt in Paradise: Recent Indonesian Non-Conventional Expressions
Abstract: Language is dynamic and, accordingly, language change is bound to occur. This article analyzes few recent Indonesian non-conventional expressions as properties which potentially motivate some changes in Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian). Since...
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Questions and Questioning Techniques: A View of Indonesian Students' Preferences
Abstract: This study investigated students' preference on teacher's questions and questionings techniques and more importantly on how they could facilitate or impede their learning. The results on teacher's questioning techniques showed that random nomination...
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Contribution of L1 in EFL Teaching
Abstract: This study is conducted in a classroom action research to improve the students' achievement in writing English sentences in Present Perfect Tense in Structure 1 lessons. The subject consisted of 20 Semester II students who took Structure I...
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The Types of Argument Structure Used by Hillary Clinton in the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate
Abstract: This qualitative research was conducted to examine the types of argument structure by Hillary Clinton in part one of the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate since Hillary, who had a great deal of experiences in political parties, was supposed...
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Vol. 10, No. 2, December

Men and Masculinity in Men's Stylish Lifestyle Magazine
Abstract: This paper discusses qualitative findings from a series of focus group discussions with six adult Malaysian men, aged 24-34, on the representation of men and masculinity in Men's Folio, a stylish lifestyle men's magazine. It highlights the...
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Priorities in English Pronunciation Teaching in EFL Classrooms
Abstract: This paper reports the priorities in English pronunciation teaching in Indonesian EFL classrooms focusing on the English varieties, components of pronunciation, and techniques for pronunciation teaching. The results indicated that (1) international...
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The Impact of Sociocultural Changes on the Youth's Achievement Orientation in Fitzgerald's the Beautiful and Damned
Abstract: This essay is an attempt to show Fitzgerald's concern over the fate of the younger generation of the Twenties. Through Anthony's damnation in The Beautiful and Damned he tries to warn the younger generation against the danger of their hedonistic...
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The Captain's Psychological Problems and the Process of His Withdrawal from Reality in Strindberg's the Father
Abstract: This paper will reveal the psychological complications of the Captain, the main character of Strindberg's The Father. The writers are interested in inquiring what kinds of fixation and anxiety that the Captain undergoes, how he tries to solve...
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The Complex System in Babel
Abstract: This article discusses how the plot of Babel reflects the principles of the quantum-physic theory of complex system such as complexity, indeterminacy and non-linearity. In terms of complexity, the movie exposes more than two distinct subplots...
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Vol. 10, No. 1, June

The Multiple Violations of Conversational Maxims in Lying Done by the Characters in Some Episodes of Desperate Housewives
Abstract: The study on the characters' multiple violations in Desperate Housewives film shows that in violating the maxims, each person has his own reason specifically in lying. Using Grice's Cooperative Principle and Christoffersen's criteria of lying,...
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Being and Performing the Masculinity in Karim Raslan's Go East
Abstract: This paper explores the concept of being and performing masculinity in Karim Raslan's short story Go East. Torn between being a man in his own terms and performing socially endorsed masculine roles and sexual desires, the protagonist, Mahmud,...
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Addressing Political "Confusion Syndrome" Discourses: A Critical Applied Linguistics Perspective
Abstract: This paper aims at extending our understanding of a problematizing practice in Critical Applied Linguistics by exploring issues pertaining to political "confusion syndrome" Discourses. Central to this practice is how EFL teachers and learners...
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Multiple Choice English Grammar Test Items That Aid English Grammar Learning for Students of English as a Foreign Language
Abstract: In the teaching of English as a foreign language in Indonesia, the teaching and testing of English grammar are indispensable. To test English grammar mastery, the multiple choice test must be used due to its merit of guaranteeing the fulfillment...
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Developing English for General Academic Purposes (EGAP) Course in an Indonesian University
Abstract: This paper discusses the methodology and findings of a needs analysis survey which was carried out in 2005 by English Language Teaching Center (ELTC) of a private university in East Java, Indonesia. Based on the survey of 1,450 students' and...
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A Study of English Phonological Errors Produced by English Department Students
Abstract: This qualitative research was conducted to find out the kinds of English phonological errors produced by English department students, particularly English consonantal sounds that do not exist in Indonesian phonetics system - [v], [?], [ð],...
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Vol. 9, No. 2, December

Lexical Similarities and Differences in the Mathematics, Science and English Language Textbooks
Abstract: The teaching of Science and Math in English in Malaysia is an area of great concern to educators and students alike. This study looks, in particular, at the common word classes among keywords identified in the Science, Math and English language...
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Issues in the Teaching and Learning of Children's Literature in Malaysia
Abstract: The Curriculum Development Centre of Malaysia implemented a Children's Contemporary Literature Programme to promote reading among pupils in year 4, 5 and 6 in schools. This paper explores some issues in the teaching and learning of children's...
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Phonological Processes of Three Indonesian Children Aged between 1;8 and 2;6
Abstract: Children are believed to employ universal processes in simplifying adult language words to match their developing phonology. The present paper is intended to describe the phonological processes used by three Indonesian children aged between...
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In Becoming EFL Writing Teacher: A Diary Study
Abstract: To improve teaching quality, teachers need a tool to help them reflect and evaluate their teaching decisions and actions. Teachers can always rely on schools to do such a job, but they can also use a personal and professional teaching diary...
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How to Motivate English Learners Faced with Psychological Burden
Abstract: The misleading assumptions of Indonesian-speaking learners of English on the nature of English results in psychological burden inhibiting the process of teaching and learning. The assumptions should be eliminated at the beginning of English...
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Difficulties in Translating Texts for Beginner Translator Students
Abstract: Training students to transfer the message and meaning of the English source text to the Indonesian target text is not an easy task. Various difficulties and mistakes can occur. Students still have difficulties in understanding the text and...
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Vol. 9, No. 1, June

The Effect of Teacher Talk in EFL Classrooms: The Nonuse or Use of Learners' L1 by an Instructor
Abstract: This study examines the effect of the variation of teacher talk on EFL learners' performance, especially the one related to listening comprehension skills, by chronologically observing a Japanese first language (L1) instructor's classrooms...
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The Use of Scripted Play in Speech Production for Young Children with Disabilities
Abstract: This article used scripted play as a language intervention strategy to increase the mean length of utterance (MLU) for three young children with disabilities. The findings of this study show that the MLU for all three children increased when...
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An Initial Intimation of a Yet Banal Discourse: Truck Graffiti
Abstract: This article provides an initial discussion of truck graffiti. It reviews pertinent literature on graffiti which shows that, despite the fact that graffiti have attracted a number of researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds, truck...
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Researching Language Aspects' Preferences of English Department Students When Learning Culture
(A Case Study of Students Taking a Course called Introductory to British Studies at Jenderal Soedirman University)Abstract: Communicating in English covers two aspects: 'system' referring to syntactic and semantics elements; and 'schemata' referring...
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The Use of Non-Standard Indonesian Expressions by Men and Women in the Reader's Letters
Abstract: This study reports on the non-standard Indonesian expressions used by men and women in The Reader's Letters in magazines. Seven editions of two different magazines, For Him Magazine and Cosmopolitan, were used as the source of data. The findings...
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The Compliments and the Compliment Responses Used by the Characters in What Women Want
Abstract: This study is aimed to reveal the type of compliments and the compliment responses produced by the main female character that is superior and on the responses produced by the main male character that is subordinate in the movie What Women Want....
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Vol. 8, No. 2, December

The Teaching of Functional Language Skills in a Second Language to a Child with Autism
Abstract: This article examined the rate of self-initiated communication acquisition, in a second language, of a child with autism. The language treatment objective was to teach functional communication skills in English through the use of Picture Exchange...
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Verbal Reports as a Method to Elicit Lexical Processing Strategies
Abstract: The present paper addresses the advantages and the limitations of using verbal reports in a study on the lexical processing strategies of learners' reading in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Indonesia. While verbal reports offer invaluable...
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Self-Monitoring and Self-Repair in Spontaneous Speech
Abstract: This study explores what repairs in the spontaneous production of speech reveal about the psycholinguistic processes of self-monitoring and self-repair. Three intervals were examined: error-to-cut off; cut off-to-repair; error-to-repair. The...
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Students' Strategies for Taking Classroom Tests
Abstract: A good test-taker is always prepared for the test. He knows what to do before, during and after the test. The study under report aimed at exploring students' strategies for taking classroom tests. A set of structured questionnaire was distributed...
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Communicative Acts Performance of an Indonesian Child
Abstract: This study attempts to describe the communicative acts of an Indonesian child by using the coding system of speech acts proposed by Ninio and Snow. The data are the subject's spoken utterances which were recorded. The findings show that the...
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Vol. 8, No. 1, June

The Development of Negative Construction in the Language of an Indonesian Child
Abstract: The development of negative construction in the language of an Indonesian child is examined. The data were the male child's utterances recorded for one year, from age 1;6 to 2;6, in a naturalistic parental participant observation. The results...
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After Three-Year Immersion in the Australian Mainstream Classroom: Towards More Advanced ESL Literacy Learning Development
Abstract: This article is one of two studies about literacy learning of Aida, an Indonesian young English language learner who was mainstreamed in an Australian primary school in Melbourne. It described the development of her more advanced literacy learning....
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Cognitive Learning Strategies of Non-English Department Students on Noun Structure
Abstract: Learning English for non-English department students is not as easy as it seems. Besides, as much as it is necessary to know how successful learners learn, not less important is to know how less successful learners learn. Using think aloud...
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Panakawan's Discourse of Power in Javanese Shadow Puppet during the New Order Regime: From Traditional Perspective to New Historicism
Abstract: Wayang kulit (shadow puppet) has not only been an entertainment; it is a medium to disseminate Javanese values to the public. Therefore, wayang kulit has been a site of power game. Those who could control it have their best opportunity to pass...
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Vol. 7, No. 2, December

Translation: A Multidimensional Task
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to shed light on the pedagogical function of translation, and how it can contribute to teaching or fostering language acquisition using either traditional tools of language teaching such as textbooks, and handouts,...
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Turn-Taking Irregularities by African American Characters in the Movie "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
Abstract: This research dealt with the kinds of turn-taking irregularities in the conversation among the four main African American characters in the movie "Why Do Fools Fall in Love", the reasons of those kinds of turn-taking irregularities, and which...
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Intercultural Factors Influencing the Process of Translation
Abstract: Translation is a complex process, involving linguistic, cultural and personal factors. This article seeks to show how intercultural factors constitute one of the main sources of translation difficultties. The author suggests that a systematic...
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The Representation of Urban Upper Middle Class American Women's Community in Sex and the City
Abstract: The portrayal of urban upper middle class American women's community in Sex and the City-SATC-is built upon constructed symbols related to the position of urban upper middle class American Women's community and how cosmopolitan the women are....
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Prepositions and Pictures in the English Learning Materials
Abstract: This paper explores the types of prepositions and the common picture types used to teach these prepositions found in English textbooks commonly used in primary schools. The results showed that the types of pictures may be problematic for presenting...
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Vol. 7, No. 1, June

Verbal Offers Used by Snack Vendors in Malang*
Abstract: This paper attempts to analyse the call utilized by the street hawkers who sold snacks in Malang, a small town in East Java. The results indicate that their utterances could be classified into five categories. Most of them observed the Gricean...
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Madurese Control
Abstract: This paper provides an overview of some characteristics of a Madurese grammatical construction in which the subject or object of the main verb supplies the reference for a nonovert participant in the complement, what is generally referred to...
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Using English Literature Written by Asian Authors in EFL/ESL Classrooms in Asia
Abstract: This paper proposes an argument that literary texts in English which are written by Asian authors should be more extensively used as language teaching materials designed for EFL/ESL classrooms in Asian countries. The use of these texts can...
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The Role of Static and Animated Pictures That Complement Texts in Supporting Learning
Abstract: Pictures are widely used to accompany texts as adjuncts to facilitate learning. This article discusses the role of such a combination in supporting learning and the underlying theory that explains how individuals process visual and verbal information...
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The Presentation of Gender Roles in and outside Fiction, and the Rebellious Spirit of Women Artists in Virginia Woolf's to the Lighthouse and A Room of One's Own*
Abstract: This paper tries to portray the roles of men and women in and outside fiction as seen in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse and A Room of One's Own. In both works, Woolf described vividly how women were often kept in the unfortunate and inferior...
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Vol. 6, No. 2, December

Construction of the Chinese Learners' Parallel Corpus of Japanese and Its Preliminary Analysis
Abstract: This study aims to introduce the project to construct the Chinese learners' corpus (LC) of Japanese at Dalian University of Technology (DUT), and detail the LC construction, development of DUT Corpus Linguistics Tools, and contribution to the...
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The Rhetoric of Javanese Legislative Vote Getters in the 2004 Campaign
Abstract: This study explored the characteristics of the rhetorical discourse employed by Javanese legislative vote getters in the 2004 campaign in their efforts to win public support for their candidates. The data of the study were the discourses written...
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(Re) Constructing Gender in a New Voice: The Role of Gender Identity in SLA, the Case of Malaysia
Abstract: This study is a qualitative study of Malaysian children aged between four and six years engaged in a story-telling task. The question posed in this piece of research then: Is the role played by gender in SLA? If it does play a role, what then...
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The Myth of the American Identity in American Melodrama
Abstract: Melodrama reflects and constructs ideology. In American melodrama, the dominant social group imposed its ideology by constructing the standard American identity and its opposite through the heroes and villains. In the four plays discussed,...
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The Construction of Urban Single Career Woman in Indonesian Chick Lit, Jodoh Monica
Abstract: The text of urban single career women in Jodoh Monica is constructed to be negative and unfavorable as opposed to the text of married women, which is positive and favorable. The construction of both texts is based on a patriarchal ideology...
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Vol. 6, No. 1, June

Cultural Transfer in EFL Writing: A Look at Contrastive Rhetoric on English and Indonesian
Abstract: Studies in contrastive rhetoric since Kaplan's (1966) article have indicated the need of looking at L2 writing from different perspective by considering factors such as L2 learners' historical background in L1 writing, the development in their...
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The Holistic Approach to Teaching Syntax
Abstract: This paper is focused on the holistic approach and techniques applied in Syntax class. The students are assisted to learn not only the form but also the practical application, "from Syntax to Syntaxing", adopting Larsen-Freeman's term "from...
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The Power of Literature in EFL Classrooms
Abstract: This paper proposes the importance of acknowledging literature as one of the best resources for promoting language learning in EFL (English as a Foreign Language) classrooms. It reviews briefly various theoretical issues in teaching English...
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The Types of Communication Strategies Used by Speaking Class Students with Different Communication Apprehension Levels in English Department of Petra Christian University, Surabaya
Abstract: This article reports on a study that aims to find out the types of Communication Strategies used and mostly used by students with high and low levels of Communication Apprehension and whether students with high level of Communication Apprehension...
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What's Left from Max Havelaar's Failures: Max Havelaar's Failures in Improving the Indigenous' Life in Multatuli's Max Havelaar or the Dutch Coffee Auctions of a Dutch Trading Company
Abstract: This paper tries to pinpoint three main reasons why Havelaar's struggles in improving the life of the indigenous can be said to be failures, namely Havelaar's misinterpretation of the exploitation, his misguided perception, and his uncommitted...
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Vol. 5, No. 2, December

The Choice of Topics in Male, Female and Mixed-Sex Groups of Students of Petra Christian University in Their Chatting
Abstract: This study analyzed some conversations in the male, female and male-female groups of some university students. Using McCarthy's classification of topics, the results show that 'Persons' is the typical topic in the female group, while 'Objects/...
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English Accent Evaluation: A Study on Indonesian EFL Learners' Perception
Abstract: This paper is based on the survey of one hundred and six English Department Students' perception of four English accents: North American English, British English, Australian English and New Zealand English. The study reveals the students' identification...
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Toward a Theoretical Inquiry into Codeswitching: The Indonesian Experience
Abstract: Hardly has codeswitching been evaluatively treated on the theoretical level using the natural language data from the sociolinguistic context of Indonesia. This research paper is to address such an issue as a field of inquiry incorporating the...
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Teacher Self-Evaluation Models as Authentic Portfolio to Monitor Language Teachers' Performance*
Abstract: Teachers may not feel satisfied with the feedback they have got from their superiors' evaluation. This paper aims at inspiring teachers with ideas of self-learning to improve their teaching performance for professional development. The writer...
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The Grammar of Disney Long Animations: A Structuralist Reading
Abstract: Treating several animated films as texts, the analysis of this particular genre of entertainment is using structuralist narratology, which is applied to establish a general grammar of Disney long animations by revealing the underlying rules...
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Vol. 5, No. 1, June

A Journey across the Atlantic: The History of Melodrama in Western Landscape
AbstractMelodrama has long been considered as a genre with no artistic value by theatre/drama historians. It is there to cater the tastes of the lower class or the popular society; thus, it is not a genre worthy of literary scholars. Through New Historicism...
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Masculinity in Question in Time of Unemployment in Wendy Holden's the Full Monty
AbstractMen see masculinity as a form of identity as an individual as well as a group. This identity is usually attached to the jobs men have because of the traditional gender work division where men is put in a role as a breadwinner of their families....
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The Acquisition of English Negation 'No' and 'Not': Evidences from an Indonesian Child in Non-Native Parents Bilingual Program
AbstractEvery child is born with an innate endowment by which (a) language(s) acquisition is possible. This view emphasizes the role of universal properties every child is born with to acquire (a) language(s). This paper presents the acquisition of English...
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An Analysis on Syntactic and Semantic Factors Found in Newspaper Headlines
AbstractAs a type of media text, newspaper has an important role in human's life because it presents various local, national and international information and events. In order to attract readers' attention, journalists make the headlines as ambiguous...
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The "New Identity" of the Immigrants in the United States: A Study of Two Poems
AbstractThe United States of America has long been the land of hopes and dreams. People poured into the country for a better life. The ('native') people of the country have campaigned that everybody is welcome to live and become the citizens there; they...
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Indonesian EFL Advanced Learners' Grammatical Errors
AbstractThis paper is based on an error analysis of the written work of the English Department students who have finished the seventh semester of a four-year undergraduate English Program. The source of the data consists of seventeen proposals for linguistics...
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Teaching English to Young Learners through Songs
AbstractTeaching English to Young Learners has become a trend nowadays. In every school, English is taught as one of the main subjects. In teaching young learners is not like teaching adults, children have their own way of learning. Since children like...
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