EMPOWERING CYBERNATIC ENGLISH STORYTELLING ACTIVITIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN INDONESIA

The EXPLORA, Journal of English Linguistics and Language Teaching (JELLT) vol. 5, No.2

Selasa, 18 September 2018 23:07 | Sudah dibaca 9 kali

Storytelling is one of the most common activities used in teaching English proficiency to language students. It is widely accepted as a teaching technique by many educators because it engages students in learning. This study seeks to examine students’ readiness in using technology-aided applications in telling their stories. It also investigates how cybernetic storytelling could encourage them to communicate more in groups. This qualitative study involved 35 secondary school students, selected based on purposive sampling technique, from a multi-ethnic secondary school in Indonesia. After having initial exposure to cybernetic storytelling video production, the students were divided into small groups and required to engage in developing a cybernetic storytelling video for a period of 90 days using the English language. While engaging in the activity, students were expected to communicate orally in faceto-face meetings and in writing using WhatsApp (WA) and Facebook (FB) platforms. Their WA and FB entries were compiled and analyzed thematically besides interview responses which were collected during the group interview. The findings point to how technology aided language learning could be a strong support in enhancing students’ English communication skills.

Kata Kunci: Empowering, Cybernated, Storytelling