Siti Sudartini, Siwi Karmadi K, B Yuniar Diyanti


The current practice of teaching English as a foreign language for students of SMK with art concentration needs to be reconsidered. These particular learners tend to be treated as having the same learning needs and target needs as those of SMA. Indeed, conducting an empirical study of the learning needs of SMK students, particularly those with art concentration is necessarily important. Regarding this fact, this piece of writing tries to figure out the learning needs of SMK students with art concentration by means of identifying the voices of those conducting the teaching and learning process of English as a foreign language for these particular learners. The data presented in the study were obtained through conducting a focus group discussion involving English teachers of 9 vocational schools with art concentration in Yogyakarta Special Region and by giving a set of questionnaires to them. The discussions presented cover the topics of the availability of the materials and sources of materials, types of texts used, the language skills being discussed, the activities, and the values or norms that need to be inserted in the teaching and learning processes. The study reveals that there is not any English textbook that fits the learning needs of these particular learners, teachers are supposed to use the same book as those for the common senior high schools. Consequently they also find their own materials to fit the learners’ needs from many different sources.


Keywords: English, language, students, SMK, art

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