Indonesia urgently needs a lot of qualified English teachers!

Parlindungan Pardede

parlpard2010@gmail.com

Universitas Kristen Indonesia

… to boost Indonesian English proficiency, competent English teachers is critically required. This means English education is becoming one of the most prospective careers.

English today is not only the main means of international communication but also the most important language for economic, scientific, and innovation development. One of the most important contributors of economic development is trade. Haq and Luqman (2014) study analyzing the data-set of nine Asian countries, over the period of 1972–2012 revealed that in these countries, international trade improves the accumulation of human capital and contributes to economic growth positively through human capital accumulation, and the language used in most global trade is English. This is in line with research results revealing that the English skills of a country correlates with its economic performance. A country’s English proficiency increase correlated with its per ca-pita income growth. On the individual level, English proficiency also raised personal income. Reports of recruiters and HR managers around the globe showed that job seekers with extraordinary English got 30-50% percent higher salaries than their country’s level (McCormick, 2013).

English proficiency also highly affects knowledge and scientific development because the majority of scientific journals are published in English than in any other language. Ammon (2012) found more than 90 % of the natural sciences indexed scientific articles is published in English. It seems that researchers wishing to communicate their results to the global scientific community have no other option than to publish their articles in English. Consequently, the countries and researchers with high level of English proficiency have the advantage to access and use research findings.

Innovation highly depends a person’s or team’s ability to connect or access necessary global information networks and cooperates with others having the relevant skills. In today’s world, the best option to create the connection is by using English. Tran (2015) reports that countries with high English proficiency, compared to those with lower English skills, expend a significantly larger share of their GDP on research and development (R&D), tend to have more researchers and technicians per ca-pita, and exports high technology products like computers and scientific instruments. English proficiency essentially multiplies the opportunities for innovators to connect with the necessary ideas and people to create original work.

The discussions above reveal that today high English proficiency is contributes significantly to a nation’s and individual development and prosperity. Unfortunately, the study conducted by EF EPI every year since 2011 reveals that Indonesian English proficiency in 2014, 2015 and 2016 was in the category of “moderate” (52.5-57.49) and “low” (48.5—52.49) in 2017 and 2018. Indonesian English proficiency is far lower than Malaysia which consistently has “high” English proficiency (57.5-62.49) since 2014. Indonesia has even much lower proficiency in English than Singapore which had “high” proficiency in 2014 and 2015 and “very high” (≥ 62.5) in 2016, 2017 and 2018 (see Table 1).

To enhance Indonesian English proficiency, ensuring English learning and teaching in all levels of schools successful is one the most effective ways. To achieve that goal, various factors need to be considered, including students’ language aptitude, attitude, cognitive style, personality, previous experience and learning strategies. In addition, funding, proper infrastructure and equipment should also be and provided. However, research showed that effective teachers are the most important factor contributing to student achievement (McCaffrey et.al., 2003; Rowan, Correnti & Miller, 2002). Thus, to boost Indonesian English proficiency, competent English teachers is critically required. This means English education is becoming one of the most prospective careers. Hopefully, present graduates of high school won’t miss the great opportunity.

References

Ammon, U. 2010. The hegemony of English. In World Social Science Report. Knowledge Divides. Paris: UNESCO Publishing, 154 f. Retrieved from http://www.unesco.org/shs/wssr.

Haq, M. and Luqman, M. (2014). The contribution of international trade to economic growth through human capital accumulation: Evidence from nine Asian countries. , Cogent Economics & Finance, 2. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23322039.2014.947000

McCaffrey, J. R. et.al. (2003). Evaluating value added models for teacher accountability [Monograph]. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation. Retrieved from http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/2004/RAND_MG158.pdf

McCormick, C. (2013). Countries with Better English Have Better Economies. Harvard Business review. Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2013/11/countries-with-better-english-have-better-economies.

Rowan, B., Correnti, R., & Miller, R. J. (2002). What large-scale survey research tells us about teacher effects on student achievement: Insights from the Prospects study of elementary schools. Teachers College Record, 104, 1525-1567.

Tran (2015). Countries with High English Proficiency Are More Innovative. Harvard Business review. https://hbr.org/2015/11/countries-with-high-english-proficiency-are-more-innovative

16 Comments

  1. New SHS/VHS graduates must consider this if they want to have a lifelong career. They can even teach in other countries while enjoying the new culture and panorama. So, be an English teacher 😊😊🤝🤝

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  2. That’s so true! In fact, English is an accsess for Indonesian to establish relationships with other country.
    No wonder if there are many English teacher in Indonesia jobless because they don’t qualify.
    That’s why Indonesia need a quality teacher to enhance Indonesian English proficiency.

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    1. I agree with your opinion that the use of English can affect the income level of a country, because as we know that the economy of a country can be increased in the trade section, so that trade gets a lot of profit needed a broad distribution, so that consumers also increase, so one way to achieve this is to establish trade cooperation with other countries, and of course to establish cooperation with other countries communication is needed, so learning and mastering English is very important to support the future of individuals and countries, as English as International language.

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  3. I agree with your opinion that the use of English can affect the income level of a country, because as we know that the economy of a country can be increased in the trade section, so that trade gets a lot of profit needed a broad distribution, so that consumers also increase, so one way to achieve this is to establish trade cooperation with other countries, and of course to establish cooperation with other countries communication is needed, so learning and mastering English is very important to support the future of individuals and countries, as English as International language.

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  4. I’m totally agree because now English is international language that are must learn, and we should able to speak English well. that’s why Indonesia should make qualified to find a good English teacher to teach. So that Indonesia will be easy to do the cooperation with another country.

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  5. That’s right, English is an international language that should be used by everyone. Because in this era English is aspects that require, English as aspects of fulfilling criteria in soft skills, that also the most important language for economic, scientific, and developement innovation. Therefore, English must be developed, to increase somone’s quality.

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  6. I agree with all the reasons why student fail learn foreign language especially English. I’m the one or the student who are not bravely to practice in English. I understand about what people say in English but I’ not barvely to practice. In my opinion, sometimes many people feel ashamed to speak or practice in English out of fear of being wrong, or fear of being show-off like American/Westerner even though you’re Indonesian, or the important is fear of speak or practice in English with wrong grammar. Maybe that’s why many students fear of speak and practice in English. That’s why we need to try and need to practice in English to get the experience.

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  7. That’s right! I’m very agree. So proud of us become a part of EED’s Student and English teacher in the future!

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  8. I agree with you, because we also have to enter with the right and good qualifications. When we teach we don’t waste it and our students can also understand what we teach. and can have an impact on the community for the economy and other fields.

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  9. I agree with you, because nowadays English is very necessary and now many young people are underestimating English thus making students lazy to learn English. So now children have to be trained from childhood to understand little by little English. Indonesia also now has to find an English teacher who is truly qualified, and has tricks that make children enjoy English.

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  10. I agree with your opinion, many Indonesians are not aware that English is important. In my opinion, most of the students in Indonesia want a great English teacher. That made me as a prospective English teacher to be challenged

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  11. I agree with this article, in my opinion I think One day English teacher can make every students grow up with a good passion and be able to change the economic, especially every students in Indonesia, and also the government must be able to make a good policy for make as a good proficiency of teacher.

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  12. According to me, English teachers are needed mainly in Indonesia. Indeed, we are in globalization. English teachers must bring the students of Indonesia to make they can speak english. Moreover, English is the language spoken in most parts of the world. So, English teacher must to be ready to educate students and practice English. It is also necessary to understand English in their use of technology. But someday students of Indonesia will not only “use the technology” but “make the technology”. Because they can communication and improve them knowledge from different countries. So, Indonesia advances with those achievements.

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  13. I agree with this article. English is indeed very important to learn because it becomes an international language, it becomes one of the ways we communicate. Therefore, every school must improve learning and teaching English, not only giving theory but with practice.

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  14. Yes , it’s true.English is an international language and even one of the soft skills issued in the company. thus we must learn more while using English so that we can compile with others so we can use English.

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