English teachers’ perceptions on English curriculums: A study of English curriculums applied at junior high schools in Indonesia and Malaysia
Zaitun, Iswan, Endah Indriani
The objective of this research is to investigate English teachers’ perceptions toward the curriculum applied at their schools. A total number of 10 English teachers participated in this study, in which 5 teachers teach at State Junior High School 12, Tangerang Selatan, Indonesia and the other 5 are teachers of SMK Mutiara Rini, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. This is a qualitative research which used questionnaire of curriculum analysis as the instrument to collect the data. There are 15 items stated in the questionnaire, rated from “Strongly Agree” to “Strongly Disagree”. The responsed of the respondents are analyzed descriptively and presented in the form of percentages. The findings show that most of English teachers in Indonesia found that the curriculum applies student-centered strategy. They also assured with English curriculum used and found this curriculum is appropriate to be applied as teaching guide. Besides, these teachers chose to further improve their teaching according to the curriculum of English.While most of teachers in Malaysia found that the curriculum covers their perception and needs. They also found that the approaches stated in the curriculum are applicable to be implemented.