I used to study in English Literature at a private university in Bekasi. Not only armed with a small interest to deepen English language skills, but because it is supported by evidence of the value of English subjects from elementary to vocational high school which always excels compared to other subjects and I also avoid counting, hehe.
But don't think that studying in this department is easy and relaxed, you know! Although not as complicated as the departments of medicine, architecture or informatics engineering, studying in this department also still obliges to dwell on accumulating tasks and thick books. It's not unusual for us to bring three to four dictionaries at once.
A lot of? Anything, bro? A compulsory dictionary, Oxford and if possible, the latest edition. At that time my lecturer asked my friend to buy the latest edition of the Oxford dictionary even though he had brought an Oxford dictionary. Another dictionary is Merriam Webster, Longman and a three-color Indonesian English Dictionary on the front. Imagine if English Literature is not as simple as what you think?
In addition, many thought concepts about students of English Literature were wrong. Anything, huh?
1. The Department of English Literature only learns grammar only, it is better for English courses only!
This is clearly wrong thinking. We don't always learn about Grammar, you know! Indeed for each university has a different curriculum. For on my campus, the first two years from semester 1 to semester 4, we are trained to hone our English skills with grammar, listening, speaking, pronunciation, writing, reading courses which all also consist of basic 1 and 2, then continued 1 and 2.
In addition, we also study other subjects such as Indonesian Language, basic economics, natural sciences, PKN and others. So, maximize the opportunity to hone your English language skills in the first two years. Why? because in the next two years, you will not get the course.
Oh yeah, the language of instruction used for the first year is 20% English and 80% Indonesian. The second year is 35% English and 65% Indonesian. The third year is 60% English and 40% Indonesian. Fourth year 80% of English and 20% of Indonesian. Imagine if in the first two years, we did not study seriously, you will experience difficulties in the next two years.
For the next two years, you started learning about British and European history, journalism, theater, cross culture understanding, morphology, phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, translation, creative writing, research methodology, philosophy and much more.
English Literature Lecture is not only about grammar, isn't it?
2. Definitely good at English, invite the Caucasians, bro!
Indeed, it should be, students and graduates of English Literature are already engaged in speaking and writing English. But in reality, it's not like that. Still fresh in my mind, one of my good friends who is good enough in writing in accordance with good grammar, skipped the final class speaking exam because he had to talk to one by one lecturer.
There are also some of my friends who still can't say a few words correctly like thank, think, through and thought. Isn't it easy to say those words? But based on phonetic spelling, the word should be pronounced θ not t. For example, for thought and taught words, maybe you say the same, but actually, the way to pronounce thought is adalaht and taught is t adalaht. Different isn't it?
Not only graduates or students of English Literature can communicate in English well. If to compose a story or even write a thick book, I'm sure everything can. But to be able to speak well, you must be diligent in getting used to talking so that the speed of thinking and speaking can be balanced, so that the sentences that you have been using in English in the brain can be conveyed properly automatically. At the same time you can also train your confidence.
Unfortunately, our society still likes to judge others. If we speak English, we are in a depressed and arrogant, pretentious westernized judge. We are also accustomed to following other people's judgments so that we become extraordinarily ashamed to speak English in the general public. That is what causes our society to still lag behind other countries. Must be brave!
3. If you have graduated, want to be a teacher or poetry reader?
Ouch! Career prospects of English Literature graduates are not merely a school teacher or tutor, let alone being a poetry reader. I just don't know how to read poetry that is good and right, hehe.
There are many career prospects that can be achieved by graduates of this department. From English teachers, editors, journalists, writers, copywriters, public relations, working at embassies, translators, interpreters, cultural institutions and many other jobs that require English Literature graduates. Why? Because almost all jobs at this time require employees with qualified English skills. Especially if you want to work in a multinational company and work overseas, your English must be above average.
4. It must be a lecture take Literature because it avoids numbers and so it passes quickly
For some people it is true, but for some people, it does have a passion in the field of language. For myself, it turns out I have had a passion in a foreign language since before I entered kindergarten. Even so, my parents told me, hehe. Even at the Vocational School, I chose to enter Tourism Vocational School because in his time I graduated from junior high school, the language department had not mushroomed like this.
I chose the Tourism Travel Department because besides I can often take a walk, I can also practice my English skills and also learn a number of other foreign languages such as Japanese and French. For a faster graduation, the literature major is the same as the other majors. All depends on each individual. If it is serious and focused, of course it will pass faster and easier.
5. Child Literature, huh? The reading book must be heavy
This is also a big wrong opinion! Being a student of Literature, not merely having to read heavy books. Reading novels or classic essays is the same. We are trained to make summaries and analyze each book we read. But it doesn't always have to be a thick and heavy book to understand.