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    Final test of ict in language learning- using Google+ in Teaching Descriptive Text Final test of ict in language learning- using Google+ in Teaching Descriptive Text Document Transcript

    • FINAL TEST OF ICT IN LANGUAGE LEARNING USING GOOGLE+ IN TEACHING DESCRIPTIVE TEXT FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS OF SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL WIJI HASTUTI 1208066066 A PAPER Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of The Requirement For The Final Exam on ICT in Language Learning GRADUATE SCHOOL UNIVERSITY OF MUHAMMADIYAH Prof, Dr. Hamka JAKARTA 2013
    • CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION 1. The Change of Curriculum Strategic development for national education consists of the development and application of curriculum which is based on skills. Learners are expected to have competency in the field of attitude, knowledge and skills. Curriculum 2013 is basically the development of the previous curriculum which was issued in 2004. For senior high school students especially for the first year students, the material is reduced to be simpler than before. By making the material simpler, it means that the learners are expected to learn the language profoundly. Learners are expected to use the language as international communication. Learners are expected to be Indonesian citizens who can interact internationally by using English as international language without losing their identity as Indonesian citizens. 2. Descriptive text in Language Learning As mentioned in the Curriculum 2013, descriptive text is taught for the first year learners of Senior High School.1 The goal of presenting descriptive text isto enable learners to use English to describe a particular, thing, place or person. In presenting the materials teacher needs to use media so the learners will have better understanding about the language used for describing thing, place or person. The grammar used in this text is mostly simple present tense. So the learners will be exposed more with the sentences in the form of simple present. Moreover, learners are also given many texts which describe thing, place or person. If the teacher does not any media to support his/ her teaching, the lesson will be boring for the students. The teacher needs to use media to avoid boredom among the students. 1 Ki KdBahasaInggrisKurikulum 2013
    • Nowadays, many media can be used in language classroom. One of the media is using technology, especially computer and internet. As mentioned earlier that in the new curriculum the use of technology is integrated in every lesson, so it is important for teacher to use technology media to support his/ her teaching. 3. The Use of Technology in The Classroom One of the significant changes in the Curriculum 2013 is the use of technology in the classroom. In the previous curriculum the use of computer and technology was only in a specific lesson but in the new curriculum the technology is used integrated in all the lessons. It means that teachers must use technology in presenting the materials for the students. Committee on Achieving Compatibility in IT-Based Educational Materials states one of the most persistent themes in education today is a call for new practices and new strategies to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning.2 In language learning, the use of technology is important as it helps the learners to explore the language with or without the teacher. Hartoyo states that the use of ICT in education, including language teaching and learning, is a positive response to the development of the information and communication technology in the third millennium.3 It is clear that in this era the use of technology is a must. As by using technology the learners will be motivated. In language classroom, technology plays important role as learners can be exposed to variety of real language usage as a tool of communication. Moreover, by using technology, learners will have change to interact with people around the world by using the target language they have already learnt. Another advantages of using technology in language learning is that the learners can still learn the language 2 Committee on Achieving Compatibility in IT-Based Educational Materials. 2002. Information Technology (IT)-Based Educational Materials. Washington DC. The National Academies Press. P. 1 3 Hartoyo. 2012. ICT Information and Technology in Language Learning. Semarang. PelitaInsani. P. 1
    • although the teacher is not in the classroom. Hartoyo explains the development of Information and Communication technology that has followed the development of computer technology has stimulated people especially those who work in the field of education to endeavor to carry out experiments and studies on the possibilities of utilizing computers for educational purposes.4 Many forms of technology can be used in language learning, such as computer, television, radio, theaters, internet, etc. As mentioned earlier that the significance changes of curriculum is the use of technology which is integrated in every lesson. So teacher should use technology to support his/ her teaching. In the capital city, it is not difficult to use technology as computers and internet. Government already provides most school with computers and internet. Moreover, learners themselves have their own laptop. So, teacher just has to make use of them. In this modern era, where the development of technology brings changes in the way of learning, teacher should be aware enough to use many resources provided from the virtual world. Technology brings to the development of social network media such as facebook, Twitter, skype, instagram, Path, etc. Google as the biggest website in the offers many applications which can be used for education one of the application is Google for education which again divided into several applications. Google+ is one of the applications which can be used as a teaching media to improve students ability in understanding descriptive text. 4 Ibid. P. 19
    • CHAPTER II PROBLEM STATEMENT 1. Can Google+ use in the teaching of Descriptive Text for first year learners of Senior High School? THEORITICAL FRAMEWORK 1. Internet in Language Learning As discussed earlier that using internet and technology in the classroom offers some advantages, as Hartoyo says in his book, the new media (Information and Communication Technology) offers teachers and learners the better chance to plan and organize courses together (empowering learners to influence the choice of teaching contents).5 From the statement above, it is clear that using technology will motivate the learners to learn more, to explore the language by themselves and finally they will be able to use the language appropriately in different kind of situations. The learners can directly interact with people in the world using the target language so that they will have more experience in using the language. Learning English using internet has served the teachers and learners a new way to more profoundly in contact with the language. Both the teacher and learners will be able to set their own material which fit them better so that the learners will have better understanding in English. IT has also dramatically influenced our capacity to educate. IT tools are increasingly being used to automate administrative systems in secondary and higher education and to manage and assess courses. 5 Ibid. P. 137
    • IT has made distance learning and asynchronous education possible by eliminating co-location requirements during the learning process.6 2. Google for Education Google as the biggest domain the world provides the users with some applications. One of the applications is Google apps for education. They consist of many applications which can be used in language learning. One of the applications is Google+. It is more like other social network but it has more advantages compare with other social networks. Unlike other social networks which have only one purpose, Google+ has multifunctional purposes. It offers the user to post what he/ she intended to share whether they are in the form of texts, songs or music, pictures or even videos. Moreover, the application is connected to a chat messenger. Many educational programs and institutions have been involved in projects to improve teaching and learning through the application of IT. The resulting IT-based learning materials have proven to be adaptable and dynamic, and in many cases they have enhanced the educational process.7 It is proven that using internet and technology in the classroom will give many benefits for both teacher and the learners. Using Google+ in the classroom may offer the learners the exposure of the language in the forms of reading and spoken materials. 6 Committee on Achieving Compatibility in IT-Based Educational Materials. 2002. Information Technology (IT)-Based Educational Materials. Washington DC. The National Academies Press. P. 7 7 Ibid. P. 13
    • CHAPTER III CONCLUSION Based on what have been discussed in the previous chapter, it can be concluded that the usage of Google+ in teaching descriptive text for first year learners of Senior High School is beneficial to both the teacher and the learners as the application provide the learners with the exposure of English in real life. Moreover, by using Google+ in teaching descriptive, the teacher and learners can set up their own material which is interacting and interactive for them.
    • CHAPTER IV BIBLIOGRAPHY Committee on Achieving Compatibility in IT-Based Educational Materials. 2002. Information Technology (IT)-Based Educational Materials. Washington DC. The National Academies Press. Hartoyo. 2012. ICT Information and Technology in Language Learning. Semarang. PelitaInsani. Ki and Kd of 2013 Curriculum