DEVELOPING READING MATERIALS FOR FASHION INDUSTRY STUDENTS OF SMKN 3 JEMBER BY USING HUTCHINSON AND WATERS’ APPROACH
Intidara, Hin Farah
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Vocational high school (SMK) students are regarded as English for Specific Purposes (ESP) learners. Rather than teaching them with general English, they should be taught with English which is specific to their major. This research was intended to develop English for Fashion Industry students of SMKN 3 Jember with the aim to provide reading materials that will be suitable with the students’ work field. The reading materials were developed by using Hutchinson and Waters’ language-centered approach which consist of five steps, they are: (1) Analyzing target situation; (2) Writing syllabus; (3) Writing or selecting texts to illustrate items in syllabus; (4) Writing exercises to practice items in the syllabus; and (5) Devising tests for assessing knowledge of the items in the syllabus. From the steps, the product of the research appeared to have four topics provided such as: “Kinds of Clothes”, “Fabric Prints”, “Customer Care”, and “Sewing”. There were five parts in each topic. They were Pre-Reading Activities, Reading Activities, Post-Reading Activities, Miscellaneous, and Glossary. In the end of the materials there was an achievement test to measure the students’ understanding toward all the topics they have learned. In this research, the reading materials were evaluated by the validators, in this case, they refer to an English teacher of SMKN 3 Jember and a lecturer of English Education Program Jember University. Positive attitude was shown by the validators toward the product of the research and they both agreed that the materials were suitable for Fashion Industry students of SMKN 3 Jember and could be applied in the teaching and learning process.