Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume.7 Number, 3.  September, 2016                                            Pp.146 -160
DOI:https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol7no3.11

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 Facilitating Character Building through an Academic Writing Practice 

Aunurrahman
IKIP-PGRI Pontianak
Jl. Ampera No. 88 Pontianak, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia 

Fuad Abdul Hamied
Indonesia University of Education
Jl. Dr Setiabudi No. 229, Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia

Emi Emilia
Indonesia University of Education
Jl. Dr Setiabudi No. 229, Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia

 

 

 

Abstract:
This paper aims to show how an academic writing practice can facilitate character building to the student teachers of English education department of a private university in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. The academic writing practice implemented the genre-based approach teaching stages. Two instruments were used to collect the data. First, an open-ended questionnaire filled by thirty-six students regarding their reflections on the academic writing practice. The data then analysed thematically. Second, the student’s writings. The researchers selected purposively two writings from a student teacher constructed in the diagnostic test and independent construction stage. The student’s writings were analysed by using functional grammar. The findings show that the academic writing practice can facilitate character building through the application of explicit teaching and group work throughout the teaching stages. The student’s writing constructed in the academic writing practice showed an improvement of the student’s academic writing knowledge, skills, and characters. The findings suggest that character building should be practised in any subjects across the university curriculum.
Keywords: academic writing, character building, character education, genre-based approach, systemic functional linguistics

Cite as: Aunurrahman, A., Abdul Hamied, F.,& Emilia,F. (2016) Facilitating Character Building through an Academic Writing Practice.  Arab World English Journal, 7(3).
DOI:https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol7no3.11

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Aunurrahman is a lecturer at the English Education Department of IKIP-PGRI
Pontianak, Indonesia. He has a Master’s degree from University of Sebelas Maret, Solo,
Indonesia and now is undertaking a doctoral study at Indonesia University of Education,
Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. His research interests are literacy, academic writing, and
learning factors.