Evaluating reading-writing materials for office administration students

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(1) * Siti Maryam Solihat   
Universitas Negeri Jakarta

(2)  Darmahusni   
Universitas Negeri Jakarta

(3)  Sri Sumarni   
Universitas Negeri Jakarta

(*) Corresponding Author


Office Administration students at VHS require English reading-writing materials to assist them acquiring
competencies as stated in SKNNI. The present study aimed to evaluate the existing materials and seek
their relevance to SKNNI. The evaluation involved three English textbooks entitled Bahasa Inggris
SMA/MA/SMK/MAK for Grade X, XI, and XII through checklist method. The authors used an evaluative
checklist adapted from Cunningsworth (1995) and focused on three aspects — learning objective,
language content, and text type. The results show that learning objectives in all assessed textbooks
mismatch with the competencies defined in SKKNI. Likewise, language content (grammar and
vocabulary) covered in those textbooks is irrelevant with language knowledge needed as the basics to
attain the competencies in SKKNI. Then, the textbooks provide the kind of texts which are distinct from
those required by SKKNI that must be business documents. Although one topic in textbook for Grade
XII relates to office administration (about job application), it remains insufficient. To put it simply, the
findings indicate that the three textbooks do not correspond to the national standards, so they are
inappropriate for Office Administration students. Therefore, designing reading-writing materials based
on SKNNI is the future action in response to the results of this study.


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Solihat, S. M., Darmahusni, & Sumarni, S. (2021). Evaluating reading-writing materials for office administration students . JEES (Journal of English Educators Society), 6(1), 52-58. https://doi.org/10.21070/jees.v6i1.656
Author Biographies

Siti Maryam Solihat, Universitas Negeri Jakarta

Siti Maryam Solihat, was born on August 1st 1992, completed Bachelor Program of English Language Education at Universitas Singaperbangsa Karawang in 2015. Recently, she has received her Master’s Degree in English Language Education at Universitas Negeri Jakarta. She used to teach English at junior high school (SMPN 1 Lemahabang) and English course (ILP Rawamangun). She currently works as a freelance English teacher and teaches her students privately. Her research interest is in the area of materials development and materials evaluation.

Darmahusni, Universitas Negeri Jakarta

Darmahusni, was born on July 25th 1958, completed Bachelor Program of English Language Education at Institut Keguruan dan Ilmu Pendidikan Jakarta in 1983. She then completed Master of TESOL at University of Technology Sydney in 1996. She continued her study and completed Doctoral Program of Language Education at Universitas Negeri Jakarta in 2010. She is a senior lecturer in English Language Education department at Universitas Negeri Jakarta. Her research interest is in the area of English language skills and pedagogy.

Sri Sumarni, Universitas Negeri Jakarta

Sri Sumarni, was born on May 20th 1960, completed Bachelor Program of English Language at Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana in 1984. She then completed Master Program of Indonesian Language Teaching at Institut Keguruan dan Ilmu Pendidikan Bandung in 1994. She continued her study and completed Doctoral Program of Curriculum Development in 2013 at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. She is a senior lecturer in English Language Education department at Universitas Negeri Jakarta. Her research interest is in the area of curriculum development, TEFL for young learners, and pedagogical skills.


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