J-SHMIC : Journal of English for Academic https://journal.uir.ac.id/index.php/jshmic <p style="text-align: justify;">J-SHMIC: Journal of English for Academic (pISSN&nbsp; =&nbsp;<a href="http://issn.pdii.lipi.go.id/issn.cgi?daftar&amp;1402909829&amp;1&amp;&amp;2014">2356-2404</a>&nbsp;and eISSN&nbsp; =&nbsp;<a href="http://issn.pdii.lipi.go.id/issn.cgi?daftar&amp;1474280614&amp;1&amp;&amp;2016">2541-1446</a>&nbsp;) is a biannual journal that publishes original research, conceptual, and best practice articles in applied linguistics. It is published by Universitas Islam Riau (UIR) Press in&nbsp;<strong>February</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>August</strong>. This journal is indexed in&nbsp;<a href="https://sinta.ristekbrin.go.id/journals/detail?id=3632">SINTA (S4)</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://scholar.google.co.id/citations?user=RydkxrYAAAAJ&amp;hl=en">Google Scholar</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://garuda.ristekbrin.go.id/journal/view/14542">GARUDA</a>. All submitted manuscripts will be initially reviewed by editors and are then evaluated by&nbsp;<strong>two Reviewers</strong>&nbsp;through the&nbsp;<strong>double-blind review&nbsp;</strong>process.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><img src="//public/site/images/jshmicjm/Sertifikat_Akreditasi_JSHMIC_Peringkat_5_001_compress1.png" alt=""><em><strong>Accredited by Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia, <a title="Sertifikat Akreditasi" href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1y5IgHJVbu4-dcXdqeKPJhVHpVCLIzKg6/view?usp=sharing">No.36/E/KPT/2019</a>, 13 December 2019.</strong></em></p> UIR Press en-US J-SHMIC : Journal of English for Academic 2356-2404 <p>This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, search, or link to full-text articles in this journal without asking by giving appropriate credit, providing a link to the license, and indicating if changes were made. All of the remixes, transform, or build upon the material must distribute the contributions under the same license as the original.&nbsp;</p> Implementing Speech-Texter Application to Improve EFL Learners’ Fricative Pronunciation https://journal.uir.ac.id/index.php/jshmic/article/view/9986 <p><em>Most of EFL learners in Indonesia hardly adopt pronunciation due to limited time, problem from the role model, and difficult sound production. To solve the problem, speech texter-application was implemented as learning media. The research aimed to identify whether and to what extent implementation of speech-texter application can improve EFL learners’ fricative pronunciation and explain&nbsp;&nbsp; the&nbsp;&nbsp; factors&nbsp;&nbsp; which influence&nbsp;&nbsp; the changes in pronouncing fricative consonants. The research implemented action research method. The research used purposive sampling technique and 16 learners from the first semester of a private public college in Pekanbaru. There were instruments used to collect the data. The quantitative data were pronunciation oral test, while the qualitative data were observation checklist, field note and interview. The qualitative data were analysed by scoring and comparing to the standard ability and qualitative data were analysed by data , data display and conclusion drawing</em>.<em> After analysing the data, it was revealed that speech-texter application was able to improve learners’ fricative pronunciation. The improvement of learners’ ability was from the level of “fair” into “good” category at the end of cycle 1. The factors which affecting the improvement was the use of speech-texter application which provide opportunity as self-check application. Thus, it can be concluded that the implementation of speech-texter.</em></p> Maspufah Maspufah Diana Zuriati Copyright (c) 2022 J-SHMIC : Journal of English for Academic 2022-08-05 2022-08-05 9 2 1 12 10.25299/jshmic.2022.vol9(2).9986 The Use of YouTube Videos in English Language Teaching: A Perspective of Indonesian Undergraduate Students Majoring in English Language Education https://journal.uir.ac.id/index.php/jshmic/article/view/9949 <p><em>This study aims to investigate undergraduate students’ perspective toward the use of YouTube in online and face-to-face learning in which the videos used were made specifically by the lecturer for learning syntax. This study employed a descriptive quantitative method. The data were obtained by distributing survey-based questionnaires to 17 participants studying at a college majoring English Language Education. The results show that participants have strongly positive perspective toward the use of YouTube in both online and face-to-face learning. On their perspective, YouTube videos made are relevant to the course being studied; attractive for its convenience, affordability and accessibility; and effective to help them understand the lesson. It also motivates them to learn well and to participate in the class. So, it is better for lecturers to have a YouTube channel with their own learning videos to support their students in both face-to-face and online learning.</em></p> Ahmad Jailani Copyright (c) 2022 AHMAD JAILANI https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 2022-08-16 2022-08-16 9 2 13 24 10.25299/jshmic.2022.vol9(2).9949 Reading Motivation and EFL Learners’ Vocabulary Development Against Interest in Learning English Moderated by Teacher Competence https://journal.uir.ac.id/index.php/jshmic/article/view/9823 <p><em>Reading is critical for students of English as a foreign language. Apart from the four abilities that needed desire to grow, reading is one of the most critical skills in language acquisition. Therefore, this study aims to investigate reading motivation and EFL learners’ vocabulary development against interest in learning English moderated by teacher competence. The research participants were university students (ages 18) </em><em>as many as 53 students </em><em>in the Riau Province, Indonesia. </em><em>This research was using quantitative methods. The data were collected using a questionnaire and analyzed using the SEM (Structural Equation Modeling) technique which was operated through the Warp PLS 3.2.7 program. Finding of this study revealed that there was </em><em>a significant effect on student interest in learning with teacher competence as a moderating variable. The teacher should provide an interesting text for students, especially EFL students, so that students read the English text not because they are forced by their surroundings, but because they have an internal motive to complete the work.</em></p> Muhalida Zia Ibhar Copyright (c) 2022 Muhalida Zia Ibhar https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 2022-08-19 2022-08-19 9 2 25 38 10.25299/jshmic.2022.vol9(2).9823 A Comparative Analysis between Online and Offline English Learning in Covid-19 Pandemic Era: Students’ View https://journal.uir.ac.id/index.php/jshmic/article/view/9998 <p><em>The objectives of this research were to find out which is the more effective learning between online and offline English learning, and the strengths and weaknesses of online learning and offline English learning. A descriptive qualitative research design was used in this research. The results of the research showed that all of the participants perceived that offline learning is more effective than online learning for many kinds of reasons such as </em><em>offline learning can know and feel the situation directly in the learning process, teamwork is better in offline learning, students focus more to the teachers’ explanation delivered in the classroom. Then, the strengths of online learning are the time, place and condition are flexible and it is able to maintain the teaching and learning process during the Covid-19 pandemic. The weaknesses of online learning are limited interactions among the students, network constraints, and students’ out of control issues. Besides, the strength of offline learning is the ability to interact and share directly in the classroom as well as easy to comprehend the material while the weaknesses of offline learning are the time and place are not flexible and the risk of contagion.</em></p> Agus Rahmat Copyright (c) 2022 Agus Rahmat Rahmat https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 2022-08-19 2022-08-19 9 2 39 54 10.25299/jshmic.2022.vol9(2).9998 The Correlation between Students' Preferences and English Achievement in Hybrid Learning during Covid-19 Pandemic https://journal.uir.ac.id/index.php/jshmic/article/view/10141 <p><em>The objective of this study was to investigate the correlation between university students’ preferences and their English achievement in hybrid learning. Correlational research design was utilized in this research. The participants of this study were 77 students from three universities in Pekanbaru, Riau. Random sampling technique was applied in choosing the participants in this study. The researcher collected the data of this study through questionnaire and achievement test. Descriptive statistical analysis namely correlation and regression analysis were applying to analyze the quantitative data. The findings revealed that there was a significant correlation between students’ preferences on their English achievement in hybrid learning with p-value 0.000&lt;0.05 and correlation coefficient was 0.723. This result was categorized as a high or strong correlation. In addition, regarding to the results of regression analysis, R square was 0.522 which mean the influence percentage of university students’ preferences to students’ English achievement was 52.2%. The conclusion of this study that there was a strong correlation between students’ preferences in hybrid learning and their English achievement during COVID-19 pandemic. </em></p> Liya Astarilla Dede Warman Copyright (c) 2022 Liya Astarilla Dede Warman https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 2022-08-19 2022-08-19 9 2 55 68 10.25299/jshmic.2022.vol9(2).10141 The Effect of Using Tree Diagram Technique for Improving Students’ Vocabulary Mastery https://journal.uir.ac.id/index.php/jshmic/article/view/9881 <p><em>This study was aimed to examine the effectiveness of using the Tree Diagram technique to enhance mastery of vocabulary in seventh-grade students of MTs Miftahul Huda Bulungan in the academic year 2021/2022. Quasi-experimental with non-equivalent control group design was used as the research design. The sampling technique used was purposive sampling and involved two classes which included 33 students in the experimental group and 32 students in the control group. The instruments were 20 multiple-choice questions and 5 essay questions. A T-test was used to analyze the data. The result of the t-test was 2,786&gt;1,670. The Null Hypothesis (Ho) was rejected. There was a significant difference in mean scores of pretest and posttest which indicated that the tree diagram technique took a good effect on the students’ vocabulary mastery. This study concluded that the implementation of the tree diagram was effective to improve the students’ vocabulary mastery</em></p> Olyvia Revalita Candraloka Ani Novitasari Copyright (c) 2022 Olyvia Revalita Candraloka, Ani Novitasari https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 2022-08-20 2022-08-20 9 2 69 80 10.25299/jshmic.2022.vol9(2).9881 The Students’ Difficulties in Essay Writing during Pandemic Covid- 19 in English Language Education of Universitas Islam Riau https://journal.uir.ac.id/index.php/jshmic/article/view/9770 <p>Online learning during the Covid-19 era requires educators to be creative in compiling interesting learning materials so that students can study the material well and not get bored while learning. But in reality, some of the problems faced by some students, especially those in semester 4th of the English department at the Universitas Islam Riau Riau who have been online since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, have difficulty when they are writing an essay. The sample of this research is the English Language Education student in Universitas Islam Riau, which consist of 34 fourth semester students. This was investigation design which mainly analyzes quantitative data via a distributed web-based questionnaire provided as numerical data on graphics and charts. This questionnaire was based on Ceylan's (2019) questionnaire which focus on <em>knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. The majority of online learning aspects are connected to distance and time flexibility, student and instructor interaction, and many aspects that online learning shares with distant education. As a result, online learning may not even be ready to serve all disciplines in the same way, and that not all online learning platforms are the same. The student lacked the opportunity to practice academic writing skills and produce a solid essay product. As a result, students must practice writing as often as possible in order to produce a well-written essay. Cognitive difficulties are now defined as difficulties in the categories of writing perspective, transferring language, and writing process. </em></p> Arimuliani Ahmad Fitria Andriani Maya Yova Dita Mulyani Rahma Sarita Rahmah Hazimah Anita Copyright (c) 2022 Arimuliani Ahmad, Fitria Andriani, Maya Yova Dita Mulyani, Rahma Sarita, Rahmah Hazimah Anita https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 2022-08-31 2022-08-31 9 2 81 90 10.25299/jshmic.2022.vol9(2).9770 The Implementation of Single Picture to Teach Describing Things Orally at Vocational High School to Increase Speaking Ability https://journal.uir.ac.id/index.php/jshmic/article/view/9751 <p><em>Vocational High School could not fulfil completely the requirements of skilled workers to support Indonesia globally. So, this study is to describe the implementation of a single picture to teach describing things orally at vocational high school to increase speaking ability. This study used classroom action research which has planing, acting, observing and reflecting step. The data was collected using speaking performance tests for the quantitative and observation checklist, field notes, and questionnaires for the qualitative. In the first cycle, all students could not describe things well because they did not get treatment. In the second cycle, 23% of students were excellent, 60% were good, and only 12% were categorized poorly. It can be implied that a single picture could assist the students’ creativity in describing things orally and increase the speaking ability</em>.</p> Nuril Huda Oikurema Purwati Copyright (c) 2022 Nuril Huda, Oikurema Purwati https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 2022-08-31 2022-08-31 9 2 91 101 10.25299/jshmic.2022.vol9(2).9751