TEACHING ENGLISH TO ACHIEVE STUDENTS’ COMPETITIVENESS IN THE GLOBAL MARKET
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This study is an attempt to find out the effective approach for English teaching-learning, which is still problematic in the country like Indonesia where the status of English is as a foreign language. Most English teachers seem not to realize that the position of English as such, not to mention students. Besides, English learning orientation/priority sometimes is not obviously defined. This will potentially implicate to the learning process due to the lack of orientations/priorities. At least two of four language skills, if not possible for the four language skills, should be established vis a vis: speaking-listening or writing-reading. The two couples of the skills, where a language is perceived as a skill leading to fluency, are not free from ‘the knowledge about’ that will potentially lead to accuracy. The approach of two pathways, DECPRO (DEClarative to PROcedural) and PRODEC (PROcedural to DEClarative), seems to be an appropriate academic attempt to improve students’ ability in English. The process carried out in DECPRO pathway, proceduralization, focuses on learning, while the process performed in PRODEC pathway, declarativization, emphasizes what the so-called acquisition. This approach, which also employs the principles for teaching speaking, is seemingly realistic to be implemented in indonesian universities where English is accentuated to equip students in this global competition. The study which can be a significant contribution to the teaching and learning of speaking-listening, and structure seems to improve fluency and accuracy. In turns, the results of the study can encourage students to achieve their competitiveness, in terms of English mastery, in this global market.