Global era has reached almost every country in the world. It brings great impacts in all aspect of life. The more capable men the easier for them to find job opportunities at any fields. People should be competent and skillful to be able to get better lives in fully competitive world. One can not count on his/her knowledge but he/she must be able to own life skills. Today life skills are spoken more often in education. School students do not only have to learn knowledge but also gain some life skills. Communication ability is one of the most important life skills that should be mastered in facing competitive world.. The ability to state and express idea, thought and opinion, to analyze, discuss, describe and take appropriate decisions are really needed , as the development of science, technology and information, increase rapidly day by day. In many work fields most people can not state their ideas and opinion well since they are not accustomed to speaking, feel ashamed, hesitate and fear to make mistakes. It is caused by the education style (pattern) that do not give them any chance to support and encourage their bravery. Moreover, many school learning still tend to transfer knowledge in one way communication style. It seldom involves students to actively participate in sharing idea, expressing opinion and thought. English as international language is spoken all over the world. In the global era, English takes an important role as communication language used in many sectors of life, such as trading, bilateral relationship, politic, science, technology and many others. People should understand and master English in order to gain broader knowledge, information and technology. The problems the people meet are they know English a little, just as a foreign language lesson they got in school and it is nearly forgotten. That would not happen if they knew that English would be used in almost any field someday. On the other hand, most of the language teaching and learning processes in classrooms do not develop contextual communication atmosphere whereas students can not use contextual fixed expressions in communicating with one another. Teachers just ask students to arrange a dialogue, memorize the dialogue then perform it in front of the classroom. Teaching English as a foreign language should be directed to be lively communicative process. The view of language as a social communication means, states that the language model used as a based theory for curriculum is a language model of cultural and situational contexts. In reality, teaching and learning activity is often disturbed by several factors i.e. the thought that English is difficult to learn , has complex grammar and strange speech, and most of the students are lack of vocabulary. Those make students speak less. In learning activity, students seldom get an opportunity to express idea, opinion, and thought , the activities often seem monotone, there are less interaction between teacher to students, students to teachers and students to students. Those could happen since English is foreign language that has different grammatical rules, and cultural sense with our language. Besides English is not a second language in this country, although it has been used in almost job opportunities, public places, and even some good schools. To solve the problem, teachers should think and do some innovative learnings that use some approaches and strategy to empower students’ competences. Today some teaching models are focused on processing approach, whereas in class activity students are involved to actively participate, do cooperation, share experiences, work together, analyze, summarize and evaluate the activity. The teaching learning process are more students oriented, while the role of the teacher is to be a facilitator. Students are directed to be able to do and think. The aim of the learning activity emphasizes not only to the substances and knowledge but also its values so that it feels more meaningful. This shows there is an active learning among students in class. The active learning is important to do as it was stated in brain-based learning i.e. : (a) the learning process involves all human dimension aspects, (b) people who are always eager to find out the meaning of something is nature, (c) people easily understand if they know the facts naturally or spatial mind (the form or pictures). In active learning , the concrete and contextual experience involve all aspects ( cognitive, emotional and physical ) so that it increases /develops physical, creativity, emotional, social and academic abilities. Active learning also develops the ability of students’ language and social. Doing the assignments in grouping will create communicative atmosphere in which students are able to exchange their thought and learn to negotiate one another. Vygotsky (1978) said that students need an opportunity to express their verbal ability. By involving students to speak , they will internalize and reflected what they had told to be a thought and reflection and evaluate their weakness and strength. In line with the above point of view, Vernon A Magnesen said that people learned 90% from what they said and did. The basic principal of active learning which involves students’ participation was constructivism theory. Piaget also said that students learn through concrete experience by reflecting his experience. Based on the above matters, the writer tried to present a teaching learning model for English in SMP Nasional KPS Balikpapan based on Contextual Teaching Learning . One of the techniques of contextual learning used, was Cooperative Learning. The learning process was conducted in a PAKEM atmosphere. PAKEM is a condition of active, creative, efficient, and fun learning. The topic was about the advantages of using modern electrical media since students use them almost everyday and are often influenced with the pictures or program offered. The reasons of this research were (1) the writer is a teacher at this school. (2) Students were less motivated to speak. (3) Most students could not express their idea, opinion, thought well. ( 4) Students should be wise to use modern electrical media and get good things from them for their life. (5) Students can get daily value messages from modern electrical media . The theme of ‘Light Technology’ and sub theme ‘Electrical Media” was chosen with a reason it was related to human life which is developing rapidly and should be concerned since it has had a great impact to human life. Besides that, in facing global era , students must be prepared to get in touch with the various information and knowledge that can be accessed easily from some electrical media. On the other hand most electrical media has a great tremendous effect to school students’ habit, behavior and mind set. It must be concerned that the various information should be followed by having deep understanding and self controlling to separate the good and the bad influence.
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