Exploring Language Awareness of TEFL Graduate Students: A Case of Explicit Knowledge in Advanced Grammar Exam

ARIF, MUHAMMAD DHIKA (2018) Exploring Language Awareness of TEFL Graduate Students: A Case of Explicit Knowledge in Advanced Grammar Exam. Masters thesis, Universitas Sebelas Maret.

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    The current study aims to identify categories of metalanguage used by the students, describe the students’ accuracy in answering Advanced Grammar Exam and explain grammar difficulties confronted by the students in Advanced Grammar Exam. This study classified as the qualitative research which applied a single case study design. The case is the operation of explicit knowledge by TEFL Graduate Students in Advanced Grammar Exam. Advanced Grammar Class of English Education Graduate Program in Sebelas Maret University was selected as the setting. In total, there were 17 students who enrolled voluntarily as the participants. The data collected through documents, interviews, observations, and a questionnaire. As the validation, the researcher applied triangulation, member-checking, and external auditing. Based on the results, there are some findings which can be drawn. First, the students used technical and non-technical metalanguage. Based on its frequency, technical metalanguage was used more frequently than non-technical metalanguage. Second, the students’ accuracy in answering the exam was rather insufficient. This accuracy depended on the students’ analyzed knowledge. Third, there were objective difficulty and subjective difficulty which confronted by the students during the exam. Each of these kinds of difficulty has different sources. It can be concluded that the frequent use of technical metalanguage in Advanced Grammar Exam did not guarantee that the TEFL graduate students had already gained a comprehensive explicit knowledge which freed from the grammar difficulty. Therefore, to develop their analyzed knowledge, the researcher suggests the lecturer provide more comprehensive exercises for the students. Furthermore, the researcher recommends for future researchers to investigate multiple cases of explicit knowledge in some grammar classes.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    P Language and Literature > PE English
    Divisions: Pascasarjana > Magister
    Pascasarjana > Magister > Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris - S2
    Depositing User: Aren Dwipa
    Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2018 21:13
    Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 21:13
    URI: https://eprints.uns.ac.id/id/eprint/42575

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