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English As Communicative Purpose
For International Standard Senior Vocational High School Students Titania Tabita Oktriana
The ability of international standard senior vocational high school graduates in Indonesia toward communicative English is still low. That makes them are unable to work outside of Indonesia or in the international company in Indonesia. Because of that, the students need to learn about English as communicative purpose, so that they can face their future career. International standard senior vocational high school (SMK RSBI/SBI) is vocational schools which fulfill the national standard and use English as their language in the teaching-learning activity. English as communicative purpose is learning English by doing more communicative activity that can increase the students speaking ability. The government also gives support by having a law about the purpose of learning English. On the other hand, English is important because by learning English, they can communicate and get the information they need from foreigners. The work places also demand them to be able to communicate using English well. So, the writer here agrees that SMK RSBI/SBI need to learn English as communicative purpose because it will help them to get better future career. By learning English communicatively, the students are expecting to be able to increase their language skills.

Keyword: International Standard Senior Vocational High School students, English as Communicative purpose learning.

In this globalization era, the world demands us to keep develop, not only the technology but also the human resources themselves. Therefore, we have to learn how to adapt with this developing. One of important things to help us develop our knowledge is education, because it helps us to learn, develop, and master our skills. To face that condition, nowadays, Indonesian government is being intensively promoting a system to make some school to be international standard school and suggest English as a main language in learning process for elementary, junior and senior high school, and also in university. They called it RSBI/SBI (Rintisan Sekolah Berstandar Internasional/Sekolah Berstandar Internasional) system. The problem that the writer found is that the students/graduates from the schools with RSBI/SBI system are still unable to communicate in English, even they learn everything (material) using English. That problem made the graduates were hard to achieve good careers. In this paper, the writer wants to focus on RSBI/SBI system in senior vocational high school. The writer chose international standard senior vocational high school because the students are prepared for work using the skill they have gotten, especially for the students who prepare to work outside Indonesia. The second reason is because many of the International standard vocational school graduates are still unable to work outside of Indonesia since their language skills were low, especally in speaking. The last reason is because English is global language, so it will be important for vocational graduates to be able to use appropriate English to help and develop their future career. The use of English as comunicative purpose for international standard senior vocational high school students is needed to improve their quality to face their future career.

RSBI/SBI system is one of the solutions that the Indonesian government gave to make development in education area. Here, the writer will try to discuss more about the use of English as a main language in RSBI/SBI school, especially in the senior vocational high school in Indonesia. What is Vocational School/SMK?

Vocational school in Indonesia is one educational institution as the continuation of junior high school. In Indonesia we usually called it SMK (Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan). Depend on Undang-undang Pendidikan Nasional nomor 20 tahun 2003...
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