Being Real on Instagram Reels: An Authentic Tool to Enhance English Speaking Skills

Keywords: Authentic Tool, Instagram Reels, Learning Media, Perception, Speaking Skills

Abstract

As technology rapidly develops new features, empirical testing of their capability to assist in educational purposes are always needed. This study takes a look at Instagram Reels, which is seldom explored as a language teaching tool, especially for vocational high school students. This study aims at describing students’ perceptions, challenges, and strategies in using Instagram reels as an authentic tool for improving speaking skills. The research used descriptive qualitative research methods.  The subjects of the study were five eleventh-grade students from one of the public vocational high schools in Bali, Indonesia. They were selected by conducting a purposive sampling technique. The observation and interview were conducted to collect data. The findings show that a)  the perceptions of students on the implementation of Instagram reels to improve speaking skills were favorable. Most students agreed that implementing Instagram reels as an authentic tool in speaking was adaptable, effective, and authentic. It also increased the students’ speaking abilities, which were referred to as positive attitudes. Instagram reels boosted students’ consciousness, motivation, and enhancing their vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, accent, and cultural knowledge. b)  Students faced a variety of challenges when using Instagram reels as a learning medium, such as limited internet access and a lack of digital literacy. To overcome the challenges, students used some strategies, namely using WIFI facilities at school or other public places, practicing a lot, and seeking additional information to improve digital literacy skills using Instagram reels.

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Author Biographies

Ni Putu Purnama Dewi, Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha, Singaraja, Indonesia

Ni Putu Purnama Dewi was born in Bangli in 1993. She finished her undergraduate study in 2011 at Universitas Mahasaraswati Denpasar. In 2021, she continued her study at English Education Department, Postgraduate Program, Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha. She is an English teacher in SMK Negeri 3 Sukawati and SMKS Pariwisata Werdi Sila Kumara. She has been working as an English teacher since 2013 and it is still going on until this day. She has achieved the 2nd winner in a scientific article writing competition for vocational teachers. Her research interests are in English language education and language assessment. She is a member of the English Teacher Working Group (MGMP Bahasa Inggris) in Gianyar.

Ni Putu Era Marsakawati, Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha, Singaraja, Indonesia

Ni Putu Era Marsakawati was born in Manggis in 1983. She finished her undergraduate study in 2006 at Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha. In 2008, she continued her study at this university and received her master degree in English education in 2010. In 2015, she pursued her doctoral degree at Universitas Negeri Semarang, Indonesia and earned her doctoral degree on English Education in 2019. She is a teaching staff member of Foreign Language Department of Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha. Her passion on teaching has motivated her to conduct research and community services in the area of English language teaching. In 2019, one of her research article was published in ASIA TEFL journal. She is a member of TEFLIN (Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Indonesia) association and loves to collaborate with experts, particularly in English Language teaching.

I Nyoman Adi Jaya Putra, Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha, Singaraja, Indonesia

I Nyoman Adi Jaya Putra was born in Tabanan in 1962. He finished his undergraduate study at Udayana university. In 1991, he continued his study in La Trobe University and received his master degree in Humanities. Meanwhile, he continued his study in Udayana university and received his doctoral degree in linguistic. He is a professor of English Language Education who has been supervising students’ Master theses at Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha. He has been teaching in this university since 1987. Moreover, he taught some subjects, such as phonology, sociolinguistic, applied linguistic, and pragmatics. His research interest are Linguistics, ESP, EAP, and Developing EFL Teaching Learning Materials.

Ni Komang Arie Suwastini, Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha, Singaraja, Indonesia

Ni Komang Arie Suwastini is a lecturer at Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha. She finished her undergraduate study at Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha. Then, she continued her study at Universitas Indonesia and received her master degree in English Literature. In addition, she continued her study at the same university and received her doctoral degree in English literature. Her current research is on the deconstruction of texts and folklores in terms of its feminist ideologies and their awareness in multicultural issues and character education. Her skills and expertise are in cultural studies, Critical Theory, Multiculturalism, Philosophy of Religion, Literature Studies, Literary Criticism, Modern Literature, Comparative Literature, Fiction, Gender, Novels, Visual, and Culture Arts.

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Published
2022-09-09
How to Cite
Dewi, N. P. P., Marsakawati, N. P. E., Putra, I. N. A. J., & Suwastini, N. K. A. (2022). Being Real on Instagram Reels: An Authentic Tool to Enhance English Speaking Skills. Elsya : Journal of English Language Studies, 4(3), 240-251. https://doi.org/10.31849/elsya.v4i3.10075
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