as an international language, is used in many countries all over theworld. It
also plays an important role as a means of both oral and written communication.
For that reason, many people learn about English. In learning English, we often
find difficulties. WhatRamelan says
(1944:4) that a foreign language student will meet difficultiesin his learning process may be easily understood.
language is changing with the changing of the world in science and technology.
People, especially young learners should be able to face modern life in the
global era. When the learners struggle to live in the global era, they should
have many skills including mastering foreign languages. One of them is
the international language. By mastering English, they already have a key in
reaching the goals. English as a foreign language plays a very important role
in education, furthermore, GBHN (1993: 125) says:“Perlu pula ditingkatkan
kemampuan menggunakan bahasa asing untukmemperluas cakrawala berpikir dan
memperkuat penguasaan ilmu dan teknologi serta meningkatkan kemampuan
berkomunikasi dalam masyarakat internasional”
free translation, it would be:“It is necessary to increase the ability to use
foreign language to extended our , thought, to strengthen our knowledge and
technology and also to increase the communication ability in international
community” The learners who master English usually have biggerchance to develop their language learning.
They are more appreciated than other learners who are not able to do so. So,
from the description above, it is clear that English is very important.
Indonesia, English is considered as the first foreign language. The government
has chosen it as the first foreign language to be taught in our schools and
always makes efforts to improve the quality of English teaching and learning. English
is introduced into curriculum as a compulsory subject at the first grade of junior
high school until the third grade of senior high school. It is also taught in some
semesters at university. Nowadays, English is taught at elementary school. It is
based on the Head of National Education Department Policy on the KTSP English
Curriculum (2006 : 4), that : “English is an international languagethat is hecessary to teach for the purpose of
absorbing and developing the science, technology and arts, developing the
countries relationship and also for improving the education develoopment, especially
for the students’ language skills”
English at elementary schoolis
different from the one at other grade of schools. It is because the students at
elementary schools are children while at other grade of schools are teenagers
and adults. It is, of course, teaching children are not as easy as teaching
adults. They have different characteristics and motivations. It is stated by
Lynne Cameron (2001:1) that: “Children are often more enthusiastic and lively
as learners. They want to please the teacher rather than their peer groups.
They will attempt an activity even when they do not quite understand why or
how. However, they also lose interest more quickly and they are less able
tokeep themselves motivated on the
tasks they find difficult”. By nature, children like imitating. In the learning
process, they have a tendency to imitate. The children like to learn
spontaneously and directly from their environment. It is hot different from
learning English. The children's environment is seen exerting a major
influence. It provides both the models which they imitate and the rewards which
make learning take place. Children acquire their mother tongue by listening. In
learning a language children just listen first.So, listening is important to
support learning English, especially in learning
children songs. Laid law Brothers (1962: 26) says that a good listening is not
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