Learning from the Pandemic: Using Authentic Materials for Writing Cause-Effect Essay in Indonesian Context ,
Learning from the Pandemic: Using Authentic Materials for Writing Cause-Effect Essay in Indonesian Context

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Number of pages : 158-167

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The coronavirus outbreak has affected all aspects of human life, including education. This article aims to describe (1) authentic materials that can be used for teaching cause-effect essay, (2) the stages of using authentic materials for learning, and (3) students' opinions in using authentic materials related to COVID Pandemic 19. This research uses a qualitative approach, which focuses on case studies. The subjects of this study were the lecturer of an essay writing course and 32 fourth semester students who joined the course in the English Education Study Program, Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology, University of PGRI Wiranegara, Pasuruan in the academic year 2019-2020. The research instruments used were mainly documentation, and personal chats interview with the subjects of the study. The data collection was conducted in May 2020. The results showed that (1) authentic materials used for teaching cause-effect essays are news in the mass media and short stories downloaded online in which both talk about COVID 19; (2) The stages of using authentic material for teaching cause-effect essay follows the process approach, namely 1) pre-writing (preparing background knowledge), 2) brainstorming and drafting, and 3) writing (revising, and publishing). The results also showed that students had no difficulty when using authentic materials related to the COVID 19 pandemic even though the material was written in a foreign language

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