REVITALIZING ENGLISH FOR YOUNG LEARNERS TEACHING BOOKS (A CASE STUDY IN CIMAHI)
Keywords: English for young learners, Teaching Books, Teachers’ competence
AbstractUndoubtedly, today English is considered as an inseparable need in education. Many parents want their children to be provided with English skills as early as possible. Therefore it is not surprising that many schools offer English lessons from elementary level, even kindergarten. But on the other hand, this is not appropriate with the teachers’ competencies. A Preliminary study at some elementary schools & kindergartens in Cimahi indicated that the teachers were still lack of competence in teaching English to young learners so that the teaching-learning process was still fewer children friendly. This study aims to analyze the process of teaching and learning English at elementary school and kindergarten, to reveal the opinions of the English teachers, and to elaborate the teachers’ response to the English for young learners teaching a book. To achieve the objectives, the researchers used Qualitative Descriptive method. The data were taken from primary and secondary data. Primary data were obtained directly from the respondents (the English teachers in Cimahi) using observation and interviews. While secondary data were taken from some references related to this study. The result showed that most of the teachers tend to use Indonesian language more in the process of teaching and learning English, they perceived that they do not know how to use English in classroom interaction, and they argue that it is necessary for teachers to be equipped with the English for young learners teaching book to be more competent in managing a creative class by conducting suitable techniques appropriate with young learners.