Authenticating Materials for Listening Comprehension: Reflecting Personal Experiences

Jaya, Hariswan Putera (2014) Authenticating Materials for Listening Comprehension: Reflecting Personal Experiences. Proceeding of SULE-IC. pp. 296-302. ISSN 978-602-70378-0-9

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    Abstract

    The ultimate challenges for teachers of English nowadays are how they can make sustainable teaching and learning innovations for students to maintain motivation and interest in learning. There must be continuous searches for the creative development of meaningful English teaching and learning materials. In Palembang, among the four language skills, namely listening, speaking, reading, and writing, finding the teaching materials for listening is not as easy as finding materials for the other three language skills. Therefore, teachers’ innovative creativities are required to solve the problem by turning to the World Wide Web. The internet provides unlimited resources for teachers to develop listening materials which are up-to-the-minute and authentic. It is said that using authentic materials can reinforce for students the relationships between the language classroom and the outside world as it contextualizes the language learning. For example, when lessons are focused on comprehending a menu on TV, students tend to focus more on the content and meaning rather than the language itself. This offers students a valuable source of language input. So, they are not exposed only to the language usually presented by the teachers. In additions, authentic materials can keep students informed about what is happening in the world. Thus, they have intrinsic educational values which are in line with the 2013 Indonesian Education Curriculum. They also offer incidental or improper English and language changes which are not usually provided in unauthentic listening materials. A teacher can use the multimedia resources offered in the internet which will not only bring real life listening materials but also authentic ones. However, it does not mean that using authentic materials in teaching listening comprehension can easily improve students listening ability. The most important thing is to be able to choose the classroom activities which can meet the students’ interests and needs Keywords: Authentic, Listening, Adapting

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
    Divisions: Faculty of Teacher Training and Science Education > Department of Language and Arts Education
    Depositing User: Mr. Hariswan Putera Jaya
    Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2016 11:26
    Last Modified: 06 Apr 2016 11:26
    URI: http://eprints.unsri.ac.id/id/eprint/6352

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