Systemic Strategies to Improve The Readability of The English Version of Indonesian Children Stories

Djatmika, Khisna and Nila, Dyah Ayu and Nuraeni, Ardiana (2017) Systemic Strategies to Improve The Readability of The English Version of Indonesian Children Stories. IbM.

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    Abstract

    Indonesian story books written hi English for Indonesian children can be beneficial to support the children learning process for such a foreign language. These books can be supplement material for the formal English course books used in the class. Moreover, in line with their social function, such story books can give fun and enjoyment to the young readers. However, many story books for children are not effective linguistically to meet such a purpose. Instead of giving fun to the readers, they are too tough for the children to get through due to their structure and texture. The research, based on this phenomenon, analyzes the language exploitation for the children story books and offer several systemic strategies to improve the quality of language exploitation so that the books have a better quality for their readability. Thirty children story books were randomly selected for the analysis. The text structure analysis excluded eleven books as they are not written in a proper genre. Instead of written in narrative, six books are written as a recount, while five others are description. Interview with thirty children informants was conducted to cross check the result of the linguistic analysis and the children judgment on the story books. The analysis on the text structure shows that all the stories have the three obligatory discourse units, namely orientation, complication, and resolution, hi addition to such discourse units, twelve texts have evaluation, one text has moral, and two texts have evaluation and moral as optional discourse units. Meanwhile, seen from the lexicogrammatical exploitation, most of the books have various grammatical mistakes and difficult words, hi relation to these features, seven texts are judged to be easy, 5 texts are judged to be rather difficult, and seven others are judged to be difficult to understand by the young readers. Systemic strategies that can be offered for these problems are as follow. A story book should be written in a narrative genre as this kind has a function to give fun to the readers. The discourse units a narrative should be arranged a simple way or a 'straight' way; a circular arrangement for the discourse units is believed to influence the readability of a story text. The grammatical construction for the sentence should be simple; one sentence consisting of one clause is an ideal form as it accommodates only one event or happening in one language unit. Good and correct grammatical construction as well as lexical selection is recommended as they will provide the children with good and correct model for language exploitation.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
    Divisions: Lembaga Penelitian dan Pengabdian Kepada Masyarakat - LPPM
    Depositing User: Lia Primadani
    Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2014 00:46
    Last Modified: 06 Feb 2017 10:14
    URI: https://eprints.uns.ac.id/id/eprint/11004

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