Text Deconstruction in English Language Teaching

Oleh :
Tri Wiratno - 196109141987031001 - Fak. Ilmu Budaya

The model of English language teaching to be offered in this paper is based on the philosophy that language should always be considered as text not only a collection of words or vocabulary; language forms are used to express meanings; and language is functional in the sense that it is used to express ideas, opinions, norms, customs, and ideology. It is, therefore, believed that teaching English is a matter of making the students understand English text in its various types and encouraging them to communicate the content of it in the forms of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. As far as the offered model is concerned, understanding English, whether it is expressed orally (listening) or in a written form (reading), means deconstructing the language as receptive text. In contrast, communicating the language, whether it is in the form of speaking or writing, means constructing it as productive text. Therefore, the process of teaching and learning English is the process of construction and deconstruction.

Keywords: Deconstruction; Language Teaching.