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Volume 11 : 2 February 2011
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
Editors: B. Mallikarjun, Ph.D.
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         L. Ramamoorthy, Ph.D.



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Digital Storytelling -
A Case Study on the Teaching of Speaking To Indonesian EFL Students

Rida Afrilyasanti
Yazid Basthomi


Multimedia has become more appealing in the teaching and learning process, as it is interactive and encouraging. New advancement in technology usually arouses students' curiosity and, in turn, increases their motivation. This study investigates the implementation of digital storytelling in teaching speaking EFL students. The results show that students could easily produce communicative and understandable story using digital storytelling. They could understand other friends' story easily, so that they contributed actively and supportively in speaking class activities.

Key words: digital storytelling, teaching speaking, EFL students.

Recent advancements in digital technology have brought about some changes in educational sphere. Pertinent to this situation, previous research projects on the use of digital storytelling have tended to concentrate on classes of nonnative English speakers. The projects have shown that digital storytelling can be implemented and used well in teaching; digital storytelling can deepen students' educational experiences. De Craene (2006:1) rightly points out that digital storytelling can assist teachers to manage their classes: digital storytelling is helpful not only as a teaching technique but also for classroom management.

A confident opinion on digital storytelling has been expressed by Porter (2008:7). He says storytelling builds 21st century communication skills: creativity and inventive thinking, multiple intelligences, higher-order thinking (lessons learned), information literacy, visual literacy, sound literacy, technical literacy, effective communication (oral, written and digital), teamwork and collaboration, project managements, and enduring understandings. Digital storytelling helps develop a range of digital communication styles necessary to function in a knowledge society.

Building on previous research which has paid attention to the use of digital storytelling as a technique in teaching in general (e.g., Neal, 2004; Andrasik, 2001), conventional techniques for the teaching of speaking can be imbued with digital storytelling, for digital storytelling can be safely thought of as encouraging students' engagement in the speaking class activities. Brice (2009) shrewdly explains that kids tend to learn best through multi-modalities teaching. Since multimedia digital gadgets bear multimodal properties, digital storytelling can be safely believed to be able to help learners of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students to learn speaking.

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English Department
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