4. Discovering the Author’s Point of View

Discovering the Author’s Point of View

Parlindungan Pardede

Universitas Kristen Indonesia

 

Point of view is the position from which details of a passage are perceived, considered, and described. In other words, point of view is the point through which the author considers, presents or communicates his messages or ideas. Due to the fact that someone’s perception and consideration are highly influenced by his political inclinations, religion, sex, or geographic background, some writers are apt to be biased. Consider these examples. Most Indonesian educators might see the inclusion of religion into the public school curriculum through a different point of view used by most American educators. A Northerner might write the history of the Civil War by using a different point of view than a Southerner.

Sometimes you will read about something or someone from more than one point of view. During a political campaign you read about different candidates, with each one claiming to be the best. In different newspapers, you read editorials about controversial subjects in which one newspaper supports the same issue that the other newspaper attacks. The sport editor in one town reports a ball game quite differently from the way the editor from the town of opposing team does. Occasionally, history books may present different accounts of the same event, depending on the author’s point of view.

Considering the explanations above, we can see how important it is to recognize the authors’ point of view in order to detect their purposes or biases. Sometimes it is quite easy to do but sometimes quite hard. These purposes or biases may sometimes be obvious, and sometimes they may be subtle or hidden. The following exercises are designed to help you practice to discover the author’s point of view.

As an example, read the following quotation and determine who stated it–(a) a professor?    (b) the ministry of education speaker?    (c) a school principle?

Every teacher in our school is responsible for a class and teach them all areas covered by the National Curriculum. He or she should also have a specialist subject, which he or she may coordinate throughout the school. In addition, he or she should also prepare lessons and teaching materials, mark and assess children’s work, put up displays in the classroom, work with other professionals, such as educational psychologists and social workers, discuss children’s progress and other relevant issues with parents and careers (both informally and at parents’ evenings), attend meetings and in-service training, and organize outings, social activities and sporting events.

To a highest extent, this quotation was stated by a school principle.


 

 

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13 thoughts on “4. Discovering the Author’s Point of View

  1. Hi sir this is my assigment
    answer no 2.: (a). a language learner because it is quotation and a language learner still learning english and follow the seminar to increase the ability in english

    answer no 3:(b) a language teacher because a language teacher must increase his/her ability to teach their students in the classroom and make them comfortable to join in english lesson and their teacher

    answer no 4: (a) the labor force department’s public relation because it is one of their jobdesk

    answer no 5: (c) a language teaching researcher because the statement use media in learning teaching

  2. Dear mr. Parlin
    Sorry sir I late

    2 .Answer : (a) a language learner
    Reason : The quatation is that someone in learning English
    3. Answer : (c) a language teaching researcher
    Reason : Because the researcher how to find something relates to respondents .
    4. Answer : The Labor Force Department’s Public Relation.
    Reason : tells many workers or employers work on wood cutting & production than others jobs.
    5. Answer : (c) a language teaching researcher
    Reason : Because it talk about Web based learning as one of method that how to teaching and learning english to be fun.,
    Thank you

  3. Hi Mr. Parlin,
    Here are my answers:

    Answer: No. 2 (a) a language learner
    Reason: The quotation relates to someone who interested in learning English.
    Answer: No. 3 (c) a language teaching researcher
    Reason: Because it shows how to find something relates to the respondents.
    Answer: No. 4 (b) the environmentalist
    Reason: The quotation relates to the environment.
    .Answer: No. 5 (c) a language teaching researcher
    Reason: Because it talks about Web-based learning as one of the method in teaching.

    Thank you. Gbu.

  4. Dear Mr. Parlin,

    Good afternoon sir, these are my answers:

    2 .Answer : (a) a language learner
    Reason : The quatation incicates that someone is learning English

    3. Answer : (c) a language teaching researcher
    Reason : The researcher tells his/her result of from some respondents or lectures in the English
    departments.

    4. Answer : The Labor Force Department’s Public Relation.
    Reason : Indicates the labor force department’s public relation tells many workers or employers work
    on wood cutting & production than others jobs.

    5. Answer : (c) a language teaching researcher
    Reason : Because at the moment the increasing of technologi can help enough for lectures to
    encourage them on learning English fun.

    Thank you Sir,

  5. Dear Sir,

    I hope you have a great day.

    Here are my answers :

    Answer: No. 2 (a) a language learner
    Reason: Because in the quotation, it shows that he/she has strong commitment in learning English.

    Answer: No. 3 (c) a language teaching researcher
    Reason: Because the finding in this quotation indicates as the result of doing researching.

    Answer: No. 4 (a) The Labor Force Department’s Public Relation
    Reason: Because in the quotation relates the number of employment extremely influenced and reckon on someone’s who acts as a policy maker from the Labor Department.

    Answer: No. 5 (c) a language teaching researcher
    Reason: Because the quotation relates to the improvement of learning styles in recent days that web-based learning is a process to create and provide access to learning when the source of information and the learners are separated by time and distance.

    Thank you Sir,

  6. Dear Mr. Pardede

    here is my work.
    For no 2, the answer is A because the writer talks about the objective in learning English and seminars. from this statement I concluded that the writer is still studying majoring in English.
    For no 3 I choose C. We know that one of the research purposses is to find something new which had not been known before. The above statement clearly tells us that the writer talks about findings which relate to respondents/students learnig behaviours.
    For no 4 I choose A because I think the main point of the statement is the labor. wood cutting and production are kinds of jod field where the workers work.
    For no 5 I think the answer is C. We can see that the write descrbes facts about various means of English language learning. Elaborating this kind of facts is likely to be done by a language teaching researcher.

    thanks.

  7. Dear Sir,
    Herewith my answers:
    2. (a) a language learner because it shows a student’s enthusiasm in learning English.
    3. (c) a language teaching researcher because the statements contain the result of research or findings.
    4. (b) the environmentalists because the statement seems a conclusion of some observations or research conducted by environmentalists
    5. (a) a language learner because as a learner, a person tends to find information as much as he needs, in this case the person is talking about the trendiest way of learning, which is Web-based Learning.

    Regards,
    Juella

  8. Dear Mr. Parlin,

    Good afternoon Sir, how are you doing? hope everything is doing fine…
    below are my answers:

    Answer: No. 2. b (a language teacher)
    Reason: Because in the quotation, she /he is still learning the language

    Answer: No. 3. c (a language teaching researcher)
    Reason: The quotation relates to study result on language teaching /learning

    Answer: No. 4. a (The Labor Force Department’s public relation)
    Reason: The quotation relates to the size of employment provided by wood cutting and production that someone from The Labor Dept. would consider impartant.

    Answer: No. 5. c (a language teaching researcher)
    Reason: The quotation relates to qualitative data on one media of language teaching /learning.

    Thank you.

    Regards,

    Visi Gastini S.

  9. Dear all,
    After studying the above post, for each of the following items determine who say/write/state the excerpt and explain why you think so. Item 1 is done as an example.

    1. “The rainforests are quite simply the richest, oldest, most productive and most complex ecosystems on Earth.”
    (a) the forestry industry
    (b) the environmentalists
    (c) the hemp farming lobby
    (d) the marijuana legalization lobby
    Answer: (b) the environmentalists
    Reason: The quotation relates to the importance of rain-forests, which is what the environmentalists would consider the most important thing.

    2. “To speak English well and fluently is certainly my major objective in learning English. I’m ready to do everything to achieve it, including to present a paper in a seminar”.
    (a) a language learner
    (b) a language teacher
    (c) a language teaching researcher
    (d) a minister

    3. “The findings in this study revealed that all respondents viewed speaking important and they were willing to deal with the necessities to master it. Although they got interesting materials, empowering activities, and proper opportunity to practice speaking, they insisted to have longer time to practice. In addition, some respondents tended to avoid speaking due to their fear of lecturers’ ‘scolding’ and classmates’ laughing”.
    (a) a language learner
    (b) a language teacher
    (c) a language teaching researcher
    (d) a detective

    4. “Wood cutting and production is still the biggest employer in some parts of our country”
    (a) The Labor Force Department’s public relation
    (b) the environmentalists
    (c) a language teaching researcher
    (d) a member of the House of representative

    5. Web-based learning—sometimes also called technology based or distance learning, online education, and e-learning—is one of the fastest growing areas in education. By means of this media, English can now be learnt not only in the traditional (or face-to-face) classes but also in “cyberspace” or web-based classes. At present, one can attend a “language class” in the Internet just in seconds in anytime and from anywhere.
    (a) a language learner
    (b) a secretary
    (c) a language teaching researcher
    (d) a doctor

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