Dina Budiarti Maulidia 031109043 VII.A The Use of Media in Language Teaching As an English teacher, we must be sensitive on student’s need in the learning andteaching process to get mastery learning perfectly. Students can be active and more interest tolearn when teacher explains materials well and it works by using media. Sometimes many teachers assume that media is hard to prepare, waste time, andexpensive so explain an object without any media. The teacher like this make students lack ofexperiences and get the explanation unclearly. Media is a tool which helps teacher to make the material be clear, real, and stimulatethem to learn effectively. The teacher must make sure that the media is appropriate andrepresent an object which will explain. The media can be found in the classroom, hand-made, or teacher can buy it. MEDIA Technical Non- Media Technical Media Classroom media The diagram above shows that media in the classroom separated into two parts aretechnical media and non-technical media. The first is technical media; it can be prepared before the class starts for example:record player, multimedia lab, computer, and others. With reference to schema theory abouttechnical media (Schank and Abelson1977), which proposes that we approach new
information by scanning our memory banks for related knowledge, media can help studentscall up existing schemata and therefore maximize their use of prior background knowledge inthe language learning process. The students can absorb and listen to teacher carefully so ithelps to make material save in long term memory. Second is non-technical media; it can be found surrounding the class or easy toprepare for example: whiteboard, flashcards, wall-charts, and others. Teachers can also create their own media according with the characteristics of anobject to be described. It shows that teachers are required to be creative and innovative. All at all, using media in teaching especially in language teaching is important. Itmakes teacher teach the students well and easily to understand. Then students get the materialadequately to get best result in the learning and teaching process.