Proceeding from The 3rd National Conference on Language and Language Teaching, ISBN 978-979-3870-59-5, 25 July 2017, English Education Department, University of PGRI Adi Buana Surabaya

Author: Irfan Rifai (, Fajar Susanto (, – Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris

Keywords: Literacy program, school hours, English language learning, case study

The government policy on reducing English language teaching hours at schools
should be carefully responded and considered as it potentially poses a creative
way to fill the void. The literacy program, which is now being the concern of the
government, can serve as a promising alternative solution to the issues that might
arise due to the implementation of the policy. This study is aimed at narrating the
literacy program implemented at a junior high school in Surabaya, illustrating
how the literacy program can be a medium to help fill in the students’ deficiency
in English language learning at school and potentially can help enhance their
acquisition of the language. The data in this study are garnered by conducting
interviews with three teachers and one student and through classroom
observations. School documents including workbooks and book records are
gathered through a systematic data collection. The research findings demonstrate
that the literacy program has been transformed into the creative ways of
promoting English language skills through reading, speaking and writing activities
out of the school hours. This case study indicates that when the reduction of
English learning hours at school becomes a serious problem causing a decrease of
the students’ English language proficiency, the implementation of the literacy
programme can have beneficial outcomes to fill in the gap and promote the
students’ English language skills. pdf file