THE LECTURERS’ CHALLENGES AND STRATEGIES TO TEACH TOEFL PREPARATION IN THE COLLEGE FOR QUR’AN STUDY AND SCIENCE AL-ISHLAH, SENDANGAGUNG PACIRAN LAMONGAN
Keywords:Lecturers, Challenges, Strategies
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is standardized English proficiency test which measures the skills or ability of non-native English speakers. In Indonesia, TOEFL is required in some institutions, such as universities, government institutions or international companies. Especially University, the students are required to pass a certain passing grade as the fulfilment for their graduation. In fact, many students found that their proficiency did not help much for the success in the test especially for non-English department students. This issues made lecturers warried about the success of their graduation. For this reason, this study was conducted to find out: 1) teacher challenges in teaching TOEFL in STIQSI, 2) teacher strategies in motivating students in learning TOEFL in STIQSI. The setting of this study was in Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Alquran Dan Sains Al-Ishlah (STIQSI). The participants were 5 lecturers who taught the test preparation for more than two years. This study used qualitative approach using interviews as data collection instrument. Then, it was found that teacher challenges in test preparation course were: 1) students’ high expectations, 2) lack of effort from students, 3) study time limitations, 4) lecturers’ experience, and 5) the number of students in a class. While lecturers’ strategies in motivation students were 1) students’ awareness of the opportunities of passing the tests, 2) fun learning, 3) to tell stories of people who are successful through passing the tests, and 4) to remind the students why they joined the class, spent much money, time and energy on these tests. Due to the problems found while conducting this study, the teacher also had strategies in overcoming the problems.