The Significant Connection between Communicative Competence and Cognitive Ability in Speaking English of English Debating Team


  • Prima Dona Hapsari Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta
  • F.A. Wisnu Wirawan Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Komunikasi dan Sekretari Tarakanita



communicative competence, cognitive ability, English debating championship


The purposes of the research were to find out whether the communicative competence in English speaking skills had a significant relationship with students' cognitive abilities was English speaking skill the most important achievement. How cognitive abilities and communicative competencies in English speaking skills were managed for the primary purposes of the English debating team. This research combined both qualitative and quantitative research. It used a descriptive method by distributing questionnaire, doing a survey, using observation, and doing an in-depth interview as the methods to collect data. The informants were twelve students who participated in the national teams of English Debating Championship of Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta from 2013-2017. The results of this research reveal that there is a significant connection between communicative competence and cognitive ability in which cognitive ability has an important impact on thinking, critical analysis, and creativity. Furthermore, cognitive ability gives a direct influence on communicative competence in speaking English. This communicative competence is reflected in the ability to produce critical-intellectual and
communicative-factual sentences in doing the analysis and giving the argumentation.

Author Biographies

Prima Dona Hapsari, Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta

Prima Dona Hapsari is a permanent English lecturer at Musicology Study Program, Faculty of  Performing Arts, Indonesia Institute of the Arts of Yogyakarta (Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta) and has been teaching there since 2010. She graduated her undergraduate and master programs from Sanata Dharma University. Besides teaching English, she is currently the head of International Affairs Unit at her institution. Teaching English for Specific Purposes and Bahasa Indonesia for non-native speakers of other languages at ISI Yogyakarta become her interests, particularly in exploring and applying the teaching methods and techniques for art students. Furthermore, she has also been involved in some researches dealing with ESP, Cross-Cultural Understanding, and Art Education. 

F.A. Wisnu Wirawan, Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Komunikasi dan Sekretari Tarakanita

FA. Wisnu Wirawan has been teaching students in university since 2002, and currently he is focusing his teaching topics related to marketing communication and public speaking. After finishing his study at Faculty of Teacher Training and Education in Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, he continued his study to the Graduate Program of Communication Science in Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta. He is a lecturer in Tarakanita School of Communication and Secretarial Studies Jakarta. He has a passion on language and communication areas, and has completed some experiences in school publications and promotion as well. Besides teaching, he handles subject matters in relation to teaching and curriculum in Communication Science Study Program.


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