THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A HYBRID COURSE ON THE STUDENTS‟ MASTERY OF NOUN PHRASES
DeCarrio and Larsen-Freeman (2002) state that a sentence is a construction derived from grammatical rules of language in which Noun Phrases (NP) often appear. These NPs are constructions that can consist of a Head Noun (HN) with a pre-modifier and/ a postmodifier. They dominate more in sentences in articles. Writing a construction of NP to students might be problematic since it seems simple, but it is not. When such an NP is expected, it causes a problem even to Indonesian college students. However, they are supposed to write in an international journal or a national journal in English. To accommodate this need, a hybrid course specifically on the use of noun phrases, where nouns as pre-modifiers, is developed. This paper investigates (1) how effective a hybrid course on noun phrases, especially the N-HN pattern is toward the students‘ mastery, and (2) how an NP where the pre-modifier is a noun is constructed. A pretest and post-test were administered to 42 subjects consisting of the students of the Faculty of Letters and the Business English. Think-aloud protocol was conducted to find out their thinking process in constructing their NPs. It is expected that the hybrid course enhances the students‘ competence in using N-HN patterns.