The Use of Google Maps As an Authentic Material in Japanese Classroom to Foster Learner Autonomy

Asrie Rahmiatie

Abstract

Foreign language classrooms usually use textbooks as a main resource to learn. Textbooks are written in units or chapters, arranged gradually from the easiest unit to the more complicated ones. Other  than  textbook,  teacher  also  gives  students  authentic  materials.  Tomlinson  (2013)  defines  an authentic text as ‘one which is produced in order to communicate rather than to teach’ and an authentic task  as  ‘one  which  involves  the  learners  in  communicating  to  achieve  an  outcome,  rather  than  to practice the language’. According to him all texts and tasks should be authentic in these ways or else learners will not be prepared for the realities of language use. According to Scrivener (2011) when a teacher has empathy and authenticity, a language classroom becomes stronger, deeper, and educational climate becomes more positive, forward-looking and supportive enabling gradual learner autonomy. In this paper, writer disscuss the use of Google Maps as an authentic material in Japanenese Classroom to  foster  learner  autonomy.  Objects  of  this  paper  are  nine  students  in  level  four  Basic  Japanese  in Lembaga Bahasa Asing, University of Indonesia. 

Keywords: Google Maps, Authentic Material, Learner Autonomy

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