Foreign Teachers’ Insights Regarding Teaching “Conversation” in Boarding School

Challenges and Strategies

  • Lestari Budianto SMPBP Amanatul Ummah
  • Iwan Hadi SMPBP Amanatul Ummah
  • Siti Zulaiha SMPBP Amanatul Ummah
Keywords: Foreign Teachers, Conversation, Challenges, Strategies


Speaking becomes one of the English skills that should be developed. One of the schools that provided a special speaking class for the students was the Islamic Boarding Based Junior High School of Amanatul Ummah. Speaking class was labeled as a conversation subject in this school. In conversation class, the teachers are required to improve the students’ speaking skills. The teachers who handled a conversation subject were foreign teachers who used full English during teaching and learning. This paper investigates the foreign teachers’ perspectives of the teaching conversation subject. This research used descriptive qualitative. The data was obtained through observation, semi-structured interviews, and documentation. The result of this research showed that the foreign teachers faced several problems related to the students’ understanding, engagement, and teaching materials. The strategies used by the teachers were using digital tools, gestures, language simplifying, early materials preparation, and discussion with senior EFL teachers. This research contributes to the literature of English language teaching related to the teaching conversation subject.


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How to Cite
Budianto, L., Hadi, I., & Zulaiha, S. (2022). Foreign Teachers’ Insights Regarding Teaching “Conversation” in Boarding School. Journey: Journal of English Language and Pedagogy, 5(2), 142–148.
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