Between Local Languages, Indonesian, and English: What Language Do EFL students in Indonesia Really Use Daily?

  • Prosiding Internasional
  • Asep Suparman, Amir Hamzah, Rajji K. Adireja, Eva D. Sofyawati, Nizar A. Hamdani
  • Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research, volume 584 Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Research in Social Sciences and Humanities (ICORSH 2020), ISSN 2352-5398 ISBN 978-94-6239-448-3


Growing up in multilingual settings, Indonesian EFL learners are blessed with their linguistic richness. However, being multilingual foreign language learners sometimes entails having limited time of using the target language. This paper portrays daily language use by Indonesian EFL students. Research data are collected through a survey addressed to EFL students (n = 105) of three different universities in Indonesia. The results of statistical data analysis reveal that apart from the fact the majority of respondents are of Sundanese ethnicity and that they are majoring in English, Indonesian is reported to be the most prolifically used language. This may imply that the dominance of Indonesian over local languages and English is facilitated by a language policy that makes Indonesian as the only official language in the archipelagic country.

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