Author

Vindi Kaldina

Date of Award

Spring 5-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

David I. Hanauer

Second Advisor

Gloria Park

Third Advisor

Dana Lynn Driscoll

Abstract

This study aims to investigate how Indonesian EFL students perceive pantun writing in English and how it influences their perceived ability as a writer. Indonesian undergraduate EFL students participated in an online survey (n=127) in which they wrote a pantun in English and responded to statements and questions regarding their perceptions of writing pantun and poetry in English, and their perceived ability as a writer. Statistical and thematic analysis revealed that most of the participants recognized the values of pantun or poetry writing in English as a challenging but valuable writing task that can increase enjoyment and engagement, language competence, creativity, and confidence, and allow them to express themselves. It also significantly influenced the participants’ perceived ability to write poetry. I propose to include English pantun writing as an EFL classroom task that incorporates Indonesian EFL students’ L1 linguistic and cultural knowledge with L2 literacy task (Iida, 2011).

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