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Media Text: A New Form of Literary Instruction

Media Text A New Form of Literary Instruction
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There is a great need for today’s teachers to be responsive on the fast-changing world in the use of technology. The integration of information and communication technology in the classroom instruction shows a clear accessibility to the digital activities in order to cope with the technological challenges of our time. Traditional teaching is no here to stay. In the emergence of technology, education receives undeniably connections from the computer world wherein the transmission of information takes place in just a few seconds. Thus, electronic media give a new orientation of learning for the students. The multimedia features provide a positive account of making teaching-learning process effective in various aspects of learning.

Reading is now seldom given attention by the students. They just read for academic requirements. Most of the time, they find reading literary works for artistic conventions tedious and difficult to understand. Literary instruction becomes uninteresting for them. As observed, they perceive reading a boring task to do; instead they spend much time before computers. The fastest growing means of information from the worldwide web influence them to be more dependent on this technology. Also, the sounds and images of the electronic media with sleek attractive packages greatly interest them for consumption. Thus, they see multimedia more attractive and accessible than the printed materials.

Taking technology with great possibilities of learning, teachers shall not be dismay that literary instruction is greatly affected in our students’ learning because of its negative influences as noted by traditional teachers. The use of media texts in the forms of audio and video clips inside the classroom can give a new perspective of teaching literature. Printed materials can find close affinities in media world. With the close affinity of literary texts with media texts, the following can be source of lessons: telenovela/teleserye for novel; songs for poetry; video clips/music video for short stories; and films for drama through clippings from the Internet.

In this view, the students are entertained and relaxed with the motion pictures, sound clips, and variations of other technical elements such as cinematography, sound effects and settings/locations that can be a good lead for literary instruction for immediate positive response among the students which is not perceived interesting in literary texts.

Media technology is not only for commercial use or even for entertainment considerations but can also be seen in another facet of learning in a digital environment wherein everything goes with the changing time.

We cannot deny that we are now in a media-saturated world and instead of having negative accounts on this, let us accept the global challenge of using technology in education in a great response with the continuous growth in digital tools of learning.


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Marichele Merculio

Marichele M. Merculio, Education Program Specialist II in the Schools Division of Nueva Ecija. She is 35 years old, an English curriculum writer, division trainer in English, Campus Journalism and Indigenous Peoples Education (IPED). She finished Master of Arts in Language and Literature at Central Luzon State University.

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