CHALLENGES OF TEACHING ENGLISH WITH ITS FOUR LANGUAGE SKILLS IN A RURAL SCHOOL OF WEST KALIMANTAN
Teaching in rural area is somehow challenging due to geographic and distance challenges, limited internet access, insufficient school facilities, and students‘ low proficiency level. The challenges occur in the teaching English as well, especially in teaching four language skills. This study attempted to investigate the challenges in teaching four language skills in English class of a rural school, precisely at SMP Negeri 3 Ambalau, Sintang Regency. The research method used in this research wasdescriptive qualitative method. The data were gained through questionnaire and a set of English test for student participants, direct field observation, and teaching reflection. The participants were 37 students of 8 th grade of SMP Negeri 3 Ambalau. The findings showed that the average of students‘ proficiency level were low in every skill. The data from the questionnaire showed particular problems faced by the students which caused their low performance in English class. 72% students found that they had difficulties in comprehending and applying English structure. Furthermore, students‘ concentration span were considered low. 54% of them found that they couldn‘t concentrate well in English class. The teaching reflection and questionnaire showed some challenges to come up in to alternative solutions in teaching four language skills in English class. The challenges are: only limited students possess English dictionary; students‘ low concentration, the lack of students‘ participation in additional English class, and the lack of supporting school‘s facility.