Hj. Rina Sari, M.Pd.
Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Maulana Malik Ibrahim
Being a professional teacher needs a long process and it can be achieved by having discussions with other colleagues to get more knowledge in teaching strategy. To achieve that goal, on 22 May 2013 English Language Center (ELC) UIN Maliki Malang held a monthly round table discussion followed by ELC lecturers. The discusssion was about sharing the experiences of the ELC lecturers in teaching reading English texts to their students interactively.
There were three ELC lecturers who presented their ideas about teaching reading interactively. The first presenter was Prima Purbasari, M. Hum who shared her ideas about reading strategies that should be given to the students, those are skimming and scanning. The two strategies have different objectives. Skimming is reading quickly the whole text to get the main idea, while scanning is reading carefully to find and understand the important words in a text. From the two strategies, she stated that skimming is better than scanning since the most important thing is that the students can understand the main idea of a topic.
Then, the discussion was continued by the next presenters. The second presenter was Septia Dwi Jayanti, S.S who shared her ideas about student- centered in learning an English reading text. That the students should be able to find the meaning of unfamiliar words by themselves after the teacher gives them some reading strategies. Next, the last presenter was Wahyunengsih, M.Pd who shared about the importance of giving the students knowledge of understanding non verbal information, such as how to understand information from advertisement, map, movie schedule, etc. By giving this knowledge to the students, it is expected that they will be able to get information easier from their society.
From the topics presented in the round tabel discussion, it can be concluded that actually there are many reading strategies that can be used to help the students understand English texts and make the class more interactive in learning how to read. The important thing is that the teacher should be creative in choosing the reading materials. It should be based on students’need and the teacher should encourage the students to use the reading strategies they have known. (er)