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Abstract
The integration of ICT and language learning which is called Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) can be found in many websites that provides English materials. Social media as one kind of website can be useful to learn English for ESL/EFL learners. EnglishClub is a social media that is specified to discuss about ESL/EFL. It is a free website created by Josef Essberger from Cambridge, England which is designed to help people learn English online. EnglishClub is divided into various main sections that the members can use easily. The members can practice some language skills and elements, such as reading, writing, listening, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. Although it does not have a feature to develop speaking skill, its features are still helpful for ESL/EFL teachers and learners over the world.
Keywords: english club, writing skill, ict in elt, english as foreign language
I.          Introduction
In digital era, people can learn English through internet. There are many websites that provide materials for English learners around the world, particularly for learning English as Second/Foreign Language (ESL/EFL). Social media can also be used as one of ICT tools for learning English, specifically as communication tool.
EnglishClub site is a social network that is specified to introduce ESL/EFL. It is a communication tool that can be used as e-learning in a time. Either learners or teachers from various countries gather in EnglishClub to learn English together. It is for practicing some skills and elements, such as reading, listening, vocabulary, and grammar. The features provided in this site is not only for the learners but also for the teachers. Based on this consideration, the author is interested to make a review of English Club site.
II.       Discussion
2.1     Social Network as ICT Tool for Learning English
ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Social network or social media is being famous among the internet users. It connects people from several places in cyberspace. This popularity should be integrated to language learning to interest the learners. The integration of ICT tool into language learning is also called as Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL). It is similar to Chapelle (2010) who stated that CALL refers to a variety of technology uses for language learning. 
Social network as an authentic tool for learning English is a result of the implementation of CALL. Some examples of social media are Facebook, Line, Blog, Twitter, and many more. There are also some social networks that is useful as e-learning for students, such as Quipper, Edmodo, and EnglishClub. These websites can work both, as social network and as e-learning. If these can be functioned effectively, it can give positive effect towards affective factors and contributes to learner’s awareness for taking responsibility for their own learning (Hjalmarsson, 2015).
2.2     History of EnglishClub Website
EnglishClub is a free website created by Josef Essberger from Cambridge, England. It is designed to help people learn English online which is begun in 1997 in Paris, France, where the founder was teaching. Started in a very small way, EnglishClub only provided material from worksheets and lesson plans was created by Essberger for his own teaching. Surprisingly, it quickly grew until it becomes a popular website for ESL/EFL learners and teachers (Zur, 2016). As it growing, this website—http://www.englishclub.com—needs some moderators. The moderators consist of eight persons, they are Tara Benwell, Alan Bunyan, Matt Errey, Lucy Pollard, Daniel Emmerson, Jonathan Taylor, Alex Case, Liz Regan.
2.3     Features of EnglishClub
EnglishClub is not just a learning website, but also a club where the members can make their own page with blogs, photos, videos, music, groups and friends like other social media. It can be used to test their level in English, and also provides online games and quizzes for the members. The members can study English grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. They can also chat in English with other students and teachers, and find pen pals to practice together (EnglishClub (n.d)).
EnglishClub is divided into various main sections that the members can use easily. Some of the sections are:
a.      Lessons
1)      English Grammar: with help and tutorials on everything from tenses to prepositions.
2)      English Vocabulary: help and resources on English words, with explanations.
3)      English Pronunciation: tutorials and sound files explaining aspects of English pronunciation such as word stress, sentence stress and linking.
b.      Interactive
1)      Grammar Help: 24-hour English Help Desk with real live Teachers to answer learners’ questions.
2)      Play ESL Games: play word games like Hangman, and learn English while having fun.
3)      Discuss at ESL Forums: where you can express your views and have a discussion in English.
4)      Chat in ESL Chat: where you can chat online with English learners and teachers worldwide.
5)      Listen to the News in English: with texts and questions to help the learners.
6)      MyEnglishClub: start own page and invite friends.
7)      Learning English Video Project: short films about learning English around the world.
8)      Business English: Business English resources including money matters, news and professional seminars on subjects like CVs/resumes or presentations.
The complete features given by EnglishClub make it really useful for the users. In general, they can find some information regarding to ESL/EFL, practice language skills and elements, and also subscribe English Newsletter. For learners, they can find mates to practice English together, find some teachers from other countries to learn from them, and play games or do quizzes to test their own skills and ability about English. For teachers, they can take some materials from this site and use it in their own classroom. They can also make a group and invite the students to join, and then teach them there. Unfortunately, it does not have a feature to develop speaking skill, such as audio call or video call. Still, this is very helpful for people in ESL/EFL area.
III.       Conclusion
ICT that is integrated to language learning (CALL) possibly makes English learners interested. EnglishClub is one of implementation of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL). It is found by Josef Essberger in 1997 in Paris, France. It has many features that are really helpful for both teachers and learners of ESL/EFL. 
IV.    References
Chapelle, C.A. (2010). The Spread of Computer-Assisted Language Learning. Language Teaching, 43 (1), 66-74.
EnglishClub (n.d.). In EnglishClub. Retrieved from http://www.englishclub.com
Hjalmarsson, Hannes. (2015). The effects of ICT on affective factors and teaching practices in the EFL and ESL classroom. Retrieved from:http://hdl.handle.net/2077/38731.

Zur, Ola. (2010). An Interview with Josef Essberger, Founder of EnglishClub. Retrieved from: http://www.really-learn-english.com/learn-english-online.html
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Literature for EFL Students

Mastering foreign language, especially English, is good for students’ future and carrier. However, it is not easy for teaching English as foreign language in Indonesia. Different forms of language between English and Bahasa Indonesia may cause negative transfer in learning process. The result of negative transfer in language is called language interference. Another problem that makes English difficult to teach is students beliefs. The students lack motivation and interest in learning English, so whatever the strategies used by the teachers, the students are not sure they can follow and master the lessons. They do not enjoy learning English because it is boring for them. In addition, the students are not participated in the learning process. They are only taught without acting directly. All the process focused on the teacher, or is called ‘teacher-centered’. Beside that, the students cannot use their English naturally because there is no other condition that obliges the students to speak or write English beside in the class.

We must acknowledge, to get rid of students’ problems in learning English as a foreign language, we as English teachers need to provide many strategies in teaching. The important thing in conducting a teaching strategy is concerning on students’ needs and lacks. It is good to do pre-test before teaching a material, so we will not waste our time to teach something that students already know. We can just discuss it shortly with the students. For the lessons that are still difficult for students, we have to think the effective and efficient ways to teach them, such as through mindmapping, notetaking, role-playing, and also games. What we need to do is let the students practice as much as they can. The more often they practice, the more fluent they will be. Nevertheless, we cannot boost students’ ability and skills without natural condition. It will be a vain for teaching foreign language if students cannot apply their knowledge directly. So, I think the best way of teaching English is using natural approach to let students participate in the learning process and use their English directly and naturally.

However, the students cannot always learn naturally because there is curriculum that they have to follow. As an alternative, using literature is good for English class because it is considered as a authentic material for teaching foreign language. Authentic material means a tool that is not actually provided for learning, but can be used as a source of learning material. So, it is close to natural approach. There are many kinds of literature that we can use in teaching English as foreign language, such as short story, novel, poem or poetry, song, drama, and movie.  Those literary material can be taught in many ways. For example, in teaching English using short story, we can ask students to analyze the elements of the text, to find out main idea of each paragraph, and to find out some difficult word and then translate it. Thus, they can retell the story using their own words. For novel, the students can be divided into groups and are asked to analyze one or two chapters for each group. Poem and poetry can be used for teaching pronunciation and vocabulary by looking at the rhyme and some difficult words, so is the songs. Students can also perform their English skill and ability in theatrical way using drama scenario. Movie can also be used for teaching speaking or writing by retelling or rewriting the story just as short story. We can also provide the literary texts into fun games or quizes, such as crossword puzzle, jumble words or sentences, missing words (fill in the blank), and story-telling. Most of literary texts can be used for teaching reading comprehension, but, with creativity, we can develop them to teach other skills, like writing, listening, and speaking, and also to teach other elements, such as pronunciation, vocabulary, and many else.

Thus, we can use several parts of the literary material for teaching. Such as, in the poem, rhyme and words can be used to teach pronunciation. With this, students can be taught to differenciate words with similar sounds. Elements and types of the texts, either it poem, poetry, or short story, can also be used to teach writing to the students. Actually, there are more ways in using literature, an authentic material, for teaching English. It is according to how creative a teacher in applying that into his or her foreign language classes.

Furthermore, by using literature, there are some targets we can arrange for students. Because it is an authentic material, we hope that the students can learn by themself outside of the EFL class. Whenever they listen to the English song, watch English movie, read English novel, short story, or poem and poetry, we expect that they automatically learn and practice their English through those. We also hope that the students can understand easily towards those literary works and also encourage their own knowledge. Beside that, we expect that, after using literature in learning English, the students can use their English naturally. Not only that, we also wish that the students can master much more vocabulary from literary works than usual materials. Overall, what we really want is the students can enjoy learning English and think that it is fun. That feeling and enjoyment can motivate the students to learn more and more.

The students’ achievement after using literature as authentic materials in learning English as foreign language is not far from the targets we indicated in advance. It means that we would achieve the results based on the targets we have determined. So, according to the targets that have been mentioned above, the results of EFL teaching and learning process by using literary works would be: (1) the students learn independently outside of the EFL class, (2) the students spontaneously learn and practice their English skills and  and ability whenever they get literary works in target language, (3) the students can understand easily towards the literary warks, (4) the students can encourage their own knowledge towards literary works, (5) the students can use their English naturally without any force, (6) the students can master much more vocabulary than before, (7) the students enjoy learning English, (8) the students think English is fun, and (9) the students are motivated to learn English more. If these results can be achieved by the students, the problems that I have mentioned in the beginning can be overcomed automatically.

Although we have seen some strategies and benefits of using literature as authentic material, some people does not possibly have similar thought. They may accuse that literature is not suitable for teaching ESL/EFL. Perhaps, the reason behind their idea is the fact that literary works are not made for teaching and learning process. It is a literature that should be enjoyed, not to be learnt. Besides, the grammar of the literary works sometimes is not right. The literary creators may use their freedom and creativity in creating a literary works. Whereas, those misused of grammar can be taken to be analyzed and to be corrected by the students. To this extent, it is possible to use literature for teaching English as A Second Language or English as A Foreign Language.

In conclusion, problems in teaching and learning English can be overcomed by using strategies in English as A Foreign Language classes. However, in my opinion, natural approach is the best way to teach English to the students. In this case, literature is close to this approach. It provides authentic material without any modification. So, literary works is good to use for teaching and learning process. Those literary works can be used in many ways, such as through games, roleplaying, quizes, and many others. Many parts of the literary works can be used for teaching English, such as the elements, words, or rhyme of the literary works can be utilized for teaching English skills and elements, such as reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation, and vocabulary mastery. By using literature, we as the teacher expect the students to acquire more knowledge, skills, and abilities, thus their English fluency can improve day by day. This targets can be achieved and will result students with good skills and abilities in English. Those results will get rid of the problems that have been faced by students after a long time. Even though there might be misused of grammar, the students can use it to be analyzed and to find out the proper ones. In short, using literature as an authentic materials is possible for English as Foreign Language classes. [AP]

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The Formation of English Nouns with the Suffix -ee

Hi, guys & gals ^_^

Have u ever heard about this before? Actually, it is rarest suffix I've ever heard. But, last two weeks I was given an assignment about this suffix. Now I know some nouns that are formed by suffix -ee. So, I want to share some to you all :)

- refuge > refugee

The refugees needed food badly.

- escape > escapee

The escapee leaves his country

- commit > committee

The committee did an important meeting yesterday.

- return > returnee

The returnee is welcome by her family.

- trust > trustee

Mr. Jason becomes her trustee after her father died.

- refer > referee

The referee give a yellow card for Gonzales.

- absent > absentee

The absentees were given assignment by the lecturer.

- attend > attendee

The attendees will get sertificates after this seminar ends.

- goat > goatee

The man cuts his goatee.

- appoint > appointee

He is a political appointee

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POSITIVE THINKING

Salam.

First of all, I would like to apology because it is not my story. But, this is an article that I have translated from Bahasa Indonesia to English. If you don't mind, please correct my translation if there are some mistakes. If you couldn't catch what I mean in this story it also means I have many mistakes. So, please tell me. Thanks beforehand :)

Enjoy it, take the wisdom, and please correct my mistakes :D

POSITIVE THINKING

One day, there was a housewife who had four sons. She could manage the household chores very well. The house always looked neat, clean, and well-arranged. Her husband and sons really appreaciated her.

Unfortunately, there was something bad. This mother really disliked a dirty carpet. She became upset everytime she saw footsteps on the carpet. This unpleasant situation would be happened all day. Though she knew this problem would be happened everyday.

Based on her family’s suggestion, she met a psychologist named Virginia Satir, and told about her problem. After she had listened to the problem, Virginia Satir smiled and said to her, “Close your eyes, please. Imagine what I am going to say.”

The housewife closed her eyes then.

“Imagine that there is a clean carpet in your tidy house which is opened without spot, dirt, or footsteps. What do you feel?”

While closing her eyes, the housewife smiled, her gloomy face turned into bright face. She looked satisfied.

Virgina satir said, “It means there is nobody at home. No husband, no sons, no joking and laughing. You only have a desolate house without your beloved family.”

Suddenly, her face looked so gloomy, her smile disappeared, and then she was sobbing. She was shocked. She became afraid about her husband and sons.

“Now, look at the carpet, you will see footsteps and dirt, it means your husband and sons are staying at home and warming your heart.” The housewife smiled again and felt comfortable.

“Now, open your eyes.” Then, the housewife opened her eyes.

“So, does the dirty carpet still become your problem?” The housewife smiled and shook her head. “I see what you mean,” said the housewife. “If we look something from the good side, the negative thing could be seen positively.”

Since then, the housewife never sighed about the dirty carpet, because everytime she saw footsteps there, she knew that her beloved family stayed at home.

It was true story. Virginia Satir was a famous psychologist who inspired Richard Binder and John Adler to make NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) with Reframing technique, that is how to “reform” our viewpoint so all the negative things could change positively, one way is changing the viewpoint. 

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