MAKING MOST OF ONLINE NEWS (PAPER) FOR EXTENSIVE READING FOR EFL LEARNERS IN INDONESIA: IT‟S PLAUSIBILITY & CHALLENGES

Mahardi Eka Putra, Eka Yanita Weny

Abstract


Extensive reading is considered as a niche subject in the vast area of English Language Teaching, especially in Indonesia. It is overlooked and not given much attention than intensive reading subject in both EFL pedagogical practices and research spaces. The practice of extensive reading, however, began to develop as the use of technology stand out as an beneficial support for learning EFL. The developments correspond with (1) the shift of English reading habits of EFL students in Indonesia and, (2) the material accessibility. This paper will address this issue by proposing an idea of utilizing online news as the extensive reading material which corresponds the shifting reading habits in internet era and also filling the gap of material accessibility in Indonesian students society. It is also followed by the analysis upon extensive reading material through questionnaire and corpus study. The data were taken from (1) the result of the questionnaire given to a class of English literature student who have known about extensive reading, and (2) corpus data from ten well known English language online news website based on United States, England, or Asia countries. The analysis then continued with reflection of the practice of extensive reading in Indonesia with regards to the proposed ideas. It is suggest that the above mentioned analysis is preliminary since the data limitation. The analysis shows that online news fruitful, plausible and feasible material extensive reading materials for EFL learning in Indonesia. In supporting the findings, this article explain also the possible challenges that correspond with the issue, in interpretive manner.

Keywords


EFL reading, extensive reading, online news.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15294/utns.v0i0.569

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