THE USE OF INSTAGRAM FOR ASYNCHRONOUS MEETINGS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN DISCUSSION & STRENGTHEN STUDENTS' SPEAKING SKILL
The objective of this research is to know whether the use of Instagram can strengthen the
students' speaking skills when it is implemented as asynchronous meeting in teaching learning
process. This research used a Classroom Action Research which was implemented in two
cycles. The subject of the research was class 01 Semester II, English Education Program,
Teacher Training and Education Faculty, UNISRI, Surakarta in 2020/2021 Academic Year. This
study was conducted in two cycles. The first cycle consists of four meetings, and the second
cycle consists of three meetings. The procedure of the action research consists of planning,
acting, observing and reflecting. The data were collected through questionnaire, interview, field
notes, and tests. To analyze the quantitative data, the researcher used descriptive statistics. It
was used to compare the scores and means of pre-test and post-test.
The result of the research showed that the use of Instagram has helped students to strengthen
their speaking skills. Some of the advantages of using Instagram are as follows: (1) Students'
pronunciation in English has been significantly improved. Some vocabularies in English that
were previously always mispronounced, after posttest II, it almost didn't happen anymore, (2)
Students who were previously unfamiliar with discussion are now more accustomed to
expressing their ideas or opinions in front of others, (3 ) Students also look more confident when
they have to speak English because they can use correct pronunciation, (4) the use of
Instagram also improves students' listening skills, because they often listen to videos, students'
listening skills also get better. It can be said that the use of this Podcast media is quite
Keywords : Instagram, Speaking Skill, Action Researc