Developing Theme-Based English Textbook for Agriculture Students

Harisaputra, Akbar (2017) Developing Theme-Based English Textbook for Agriculture Students. Masters thesis, Universitas Sebelas Maret.

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    Akbar Harisaputra: “Developing Theme-Based English Textbook for Agriculture Students. Thesis, English Education Department, Teacher Training and Education Faculty, Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta, 2017. Advisors: I. Prof. Dr. Joko Nurkamto, M.Pd., II. Dr, Ngadiso, M.Pd. The objectives of this research are: (1) to describe the features of the existing English textbook used at the agriculture faculty; (2) to describe how the existing English textbooks relevant with the need of the student at the agriculture faculty; (3) to describe specifications of the English textbook expected by the students of agriculture faculty; and (4) to describe the specifications of the theme-based English textbook for agriculture students. This research and development was conducted into two main phases based on Sukmadinata (2006) namely: (1) Exploration phase and (2) Product Development phase. The exploration phase describes: (1) the existing English textbook used at agriculture faculty and (2) the students’ needs toward the content of English teaching. Meanwhile, the Product Development phase informs: (1) the description of theme-based textbook, (2) the students’ need upon the textbook, (3) the result of the product tryout, and (4) the final product of theme-based textbook. The data in the exploration stage were obtained by conducting literature review, document analysis, interview, observation and questionnaire. The finding showed that there is not any specific English textbook for agriculture in teaching English. The content of the material was too general and teaching English is focused on reading and grammar. On the other hand, the teaching and learning process in the class was still lecturer centered. The finding on analysis of the existing textbook states the existing textbook does not concern closely with the aims English teaching and learning at agriculture faculty. The book is not composed based on agriculture students’ need. The materials, situations, topics, and vocabularies of the book provide general English which are not suited to the teaching and learning situation. The activities in reading, listening, speaking, and writing occur in daily situation and there is no one activity conducted in agriculture context. This book is not printed locally in Indonesia. It makes it difficult to find in general bookstore. The theme-based textbook was developed by considering several aspects namely; (1) objectives and approaches; (2) design and organization; (3) language content; (4) language skills; (5) topics and (6) methodology. The resulted prototype was validated and reviewed by the content expert and instructional expert. The prototype was tried-out and revised to get the feasible product. The result of observation and Focus Group Discussion involving the researcher, the lecturer, the expert and the students were used to evaluate and to revise the prototype into the final product of theme-based textbook. After going through three trials, it could be concluded that the prototype is feasible to be applied as theme-based textbook for agriculture students. Keyword: Research and Development, Theme-Based Instruction, textbook, ESP.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
    Divisions: Pasca Sarjana > Magister > Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris - S2
    Depositing User: Arief Atmojo
    Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2017 22:12
    Last Modified: 28 Aug 2017 22:12

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