Need Analysis of Pocket Dictionary of Dayak Ngaju Local Language for Elementary School Students

Rensi Sisilda


Some of Elementary Schools in Palangka Raya used Dayak Ngaju language as a local content subject. Unfortunately, there are many students who get problems in learning Dayak Ngaju language. This research aims to find out whether a pocket dictionary of Dayak Ngaju local language was needed for teaching vocabulary for Elementary School students. The research was conducted in descriptive-qualitative method, and the subjects were one teacher and 25 fifth grade students of Elementary School at SDN 8 Langkai in Palangka Raya. The data were in the form of qualitative data, obtained from the results of interview with the teacher and questionnaires distributed to the students in order to know the students’ need of pocket dictionary of Dayak Ngaju. From the results of interview and questionnaires, the researcher found that there were positive responses toward the needs of a pocket dictionary of Dayak Ngaju. They strongly agreed to have the pocket dictionary of Dayak Ngaju made in three languages, i.e., Dayak Ngaju, Indonesian, and English. Then, the findings become the basic for the researcher to further develop a pocket dictionary of Dayak Ngaju local language for teaching Dayak Ngaju as a local content subject and English vocabulary for Elementary School students.


elementary school; pocket dictionary; students need; vocabulary

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