Embracing Bahasa: Students’ Perspective in Learning English
AbstractEnglish is treated as an international language used all over the world. It is also used as a second language in some Asian countries, namely Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Apart from that, Indonesia, as one of the Asian countries, treated English as a foreign language, which made the learners struggle harder to learn due to the different environment and certain conditions that made it harder to learn. Meanwhile, students are expected to be ready and exposed to the use of English. One of the ways to learn is through the preference for the use of Indonesian in English classes. A descriptive study is chosen for research. This study uses quantitative data intended for first-year students to get a percentage of the students’ perspectives on the use of Indonesian in English classes. Based on the study, it can be concluded that first-year students generally have positive responses regarding using Indonesian in English classes. Students admitted the need for a balanced approach to language use in the classroom. While Indonesian can be beneficial, it should not overshadow the primary goal of improving English skills. English should be used more in interactions, particularly in the context of English learning. In short, the English teaching study should create or stimulate the students in an English environment where they can practice their English.