Students’ Voices of Politeness in the Class

Speaker:Murni Mahmud| Location:Room 20| Date:August 12, 2016| Time:10:45 - 11:15 am


This paper intends to explore the views of politeness of the English students. The main focus is to find out the types of expressions students use to show their politeness in the class, the relation of politeness practice to students’ passing grade in the class, the roles of politeness and the factors influencing students’ politeness in the class. The subject of this research is the English students of Faculty of Languages and literatures, State University of Makassar, Academic Year of 2012/2013. To collect data, an open ended questionnaire was distributed to seventy-five (75) students taken randomly from 300 students of English Department, Academic Year of 2012/2013. This questionnaire was analyzed descriptively. To add a qualitative dimension for this research, 15 students were invited for follow-up interview. The results of the research show that English students applied different types of politeness strategies such as the use of soft expressions (some adapted from their traditional language), the use of speech acts (greetings, apology, permission, and request), the use of non-verbal communication (smiling, handshaking, lowering the volume of speech), and also controlling the turn-taking mechanism such as being the good listener instead of interruption and agreeing instead of disagreeing. Several factors influence them to be polite such as age differences, social status differences, gender differences, and ethnic differences. The interesting finding was that their politeness in the class will become an indicator for them to pass the course they are enrolling.

Keywords: politeness, classroom interaction


(419) Murni MahmudMurni Mahmud, finished her Undergraduate in 1995, continued to American Studies Graduate Program of Gadjah Mada University, and finished in 1998. Her Ph.D was from Anthropology, the Australian National University, 2008. She is a Professor in Anthropolinguistics at the State University of Makassar, Indonesia. Her interest is ELT and Anthropology


Category: Day 2 | August 12, 2016, Presenter Schedule