DO CHILDREN ACQUIRE FOREIGN/ SECOND LANGUAGE FASTER AND BETTER THAN ADULTS DO?

It is not very surprising when many people believe that young learners learn foreign / second language faster and better than adolescents or adults do. However, research findings show differently. Young children excel only when pronunciation is concerned. Older learners perform better on most aspects of acquisition. Harmer (2007) even said that young children learn […]

THE PRODUCTION OF SPEECH SOUNDS

How are speech sounds produced? Physically, the production of speech sounds starts from the lungs. Why I say ‘physically’? It is because as a matter of fact, speech production starts in the brain. When the brains creates the message and the lexico-grammatical structures which then are executed by speech organs. First, lungs produce an air […]

Phonetics and Phonemics

What is the difference between phonetics and phonemics? Phonetics is the study of human speech sounds. It deals with the physiological, acoustic and articulatory properties of speech sounds, as how the sounds are produced, transmitted, and received. There are 3 branches (types) of phonetics, namely: articulatory phonetics, accoustic phonetics, and auditory phonetics.

KETIDAKBERDAYAAN SIPIL

This article was published in Suara Merdeka newspaper July 13, 2010. Perseteruan antara Majalah Tempo dengan Polri terkait keberatan Polri atas judul majalah tersebut edisi 14-20 Juni 2010 yaitu “Kapolri di Pusaran Mafia Batu Bara” dan covernya edisi 28 Juni-4 Juli 2010 yang menggambarkan seorang perwira polisi membawa tiga celengan berbentuk babi telah diselesaikan secara […]

BELANJA, MUDIK DAN KONSTRUKSI IDENTITAS

BELANJA, MUDIK DAN KONSTRUKSI IDENTITAS Oleh Hartono (This essay was published in Suara Merdeka Daily Newspaper on Tuesday August 13, 2013 with a little editing) Setidaknya ada dua aktifitas bagi sebagian besar masyarakat Indonesia yang selalu mendahului perayaan lebaran (Idul Fitri). Pertama adalah aktifitas belanja. Meningkatnya aktifitas ini menjelang lebaran sangat nyata dengan berjubelnya para […]

Salinan Permendikbud ttg Standar Kompetensi Lulusan

01. A. Salinan Permendikbud No. 54 tahun 2013 ttg SKL