Prolific technological breakthroughs in the current era command teaching -learning practices due to students' daily exposures to a swiftly altering environment. It constantly confront teachers' knacks to elucidate these changes especially in the field of language teaching to pull off the purpose of providing creative, practical and innovative ideas. Educators are aware that learning is an interactive linkage to reality and the paramount way to enhance linguistic skills of our learners is to use various kinds of media in the classroom existing around learners' world.
Educators should offer students with a lot of practice activities monopolizing the following suggested outputs as springboards: newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, films, music, billboards, advertising brochures, books and the internet to possibly build up linguistic skills' achievement. To exemplify, these media forms entertain and encourage one to explore inside and outside the classrooms promoting extensive dexterity like reading where confidence, motivation and ability lengthen reading habits. Proponents of language acquisition researches have numerous points for the augmentation of learners 'abilities like reading through the mass media forms' outputs as launching pads to higher forms of language competence.
In 2004, Krashen's research has instituted that reading has long been believed to be one of the vehicles through which language acquisition can be facilitated. It has been investigated thoroughly that the language benefits gained like reading, particularly in the field of language achievement have significantly found that reading enhances students ability in not only expanding their lexicons but also furthering grammar. Students who read different print media acquire meanings of words through context clues alone. In his findings, grammar is learned intuitively rather than through explicit instructions. According to the famous pollster of this field, it is in this regard, that lessons on reading incorporate both contextual meaning and explicit instructions.
Manchester University in 1993 through Radcliffe's inquisition looked into the progress of media and their values in Britain. In his study, media studies can be developed in order to equip learners the skill to cope with the round-the-clock outputs of the media as it stimulates, influences, titillates assaults, motivates, frightens, excites, and numbs readers. He further said that the media trains children in any or in at the same time the reading skills relevant to the learning of the English language. This alludes in parallel to Hermosa's inquisitions in 1993 which stated that one of the present issues on reading education that teachers and administrators can integrate is media education in the curriculum.
Kembo's findings in 1993 further drumbeats both researches citing that newspapers proved useful as reading materials because they provide springboards for lively discussion over social, political, and economic events. The most important function of these extracts is the realization that through reading, one is able to gather a lot of interesting and useful information about history, science, politics, people, technology, culture, etc. which was earlier conceptualized and supported by Nemenzo in 1992 claiming that Education for all will remain an empty slogan unless we think beyond the formal school system and utilize mass communication technology to enrich the total learning environment. He continued reiterating that to gauge the level of education; the learning environment is a global classroom where the thirst for knowledge and understanding pervade the entire way of life. He pointed that the readership of the print media is a better index because the truly educated cannot live without a newspaper and feels naked without a book.
At this juncture, language mentors become conscious of the particular interests, experiences and characteristics of students and must be prepared to adopt a flexible and open-ended approach in order to cater to their needs individually, that is, teacher should consider the media forms important to the students of which approaches interrelating to the media would be most relevant to them.
In the selection of appropriate materials for reading the first step is to choose print material that is for appropriate levels and interests to students. Print material is defined material which can be read and discussed in class and is readily accessible. Books, magazines and news articles can be gathered from any printed media outputs including online sites which make learning fun and interactive making it as communicative enterprise.
Reading difficulties are often experienced by teachers when teaching English as a foreign language. Reading materials may be too difficult in terms of level found in the materials' texts or they may lack the enthusiasm of a class. As a solution, teachers can probably and practically design tasks that will make learning studded with fun while real learning takes place.
Sabio's discovery in 2008 relates that the fast growing media forms are results of worldwide business operations. It is in these spheres that English highly functions as a language of the fast growing international media that can be acquired by resourceful educators.
Finally, many proponents of media and language's inquisitions do have common allusions. They all consider classrooms as formal setting for language learning in which the media have varieties of functions to portray. They all regard media as instruments to relay culture. For a learner to acquire this knowledge, intensive and extensive readings are required. The more students read in broader scope, the greater understanding of this culture readings provide. Additionally, the newspaper teaches the students and teachers to be updated with the changes of the language manifesting cultural transformations. Media forms are linguistically up-to-date and provide valuable linguistic data such that download, upload, surf, mouse, and other internet terms are words with different meanings yielded by technology. Media forms report real life events. Just like newspaper-based activities in the classroom may engage students in enjoyable activities and further reading is encouraged.
Reading encourages educational explorations among learners. Reading is enhance and the activities executed in the classroom become interactive and communicative which yields the relevance of communicative classroom teaching where reading as an important component of linguistic skills is too, emphasized. With the authentic materials found in print and some forms of broadcast media, they become powerful devices for reading comprehension skills and for other linguistic skill's acquisitions.