In this digital era, most people are familiar with Google. Google is a search engine which can be applied to find a variety of information such as websites, pictures, maps or even a difficult question that people want to know. In asking a question, it's easy for us to just simply speak to one of the services that Google provides, it is Google Voice Search. Google Voice Search allows users to use Google Search by speaking on mobile phone or computer. The simplicity that Google Voice Search offers make the life of people becomes easier, including of English learning activity. The Teacher can use a game called ABC Ok Google as a medium to help students increase their English Skills. In this essay, there are some usages that Google Voice Search gives to students, they are triggering their willingness to speak, improving their listening skills and enhancing their reading skills.
First, it can trigger students’ willingness to speak. In order to trigger them, we use ABC Ok Google. Before playing this game, the teacher has to prepare the mobile phone with a good internet connection, so that the game will not meet its obstacles. In this game, the students will show their fingers to start the game. The total of fingers they show will represent the alphabet. For example, when the total fingers are ten they have to think of the object that is begun with the letter ‘J'. Every player has three chances to speak. If the player can answer it Then, Google Voice Search will recognize the word and show the object that has been described.
Second, it can improve students' listening skill. In the second game, the teacher will divide students into pairs. In conducting this game, the teacher has to prepare pieces of paper. Each paper consists of a name of an object. It can be a name of public figures, animals, things the students bring to school and so on. The first step is to decide which pair should play first. After that, students have to decide which one of them will be the first person who picks the paper and describe it, and which one the second person who will be the listener. The first person will describe the name in the paper meanwhile, the second person will listen carefully. After getting the word, the second person has to pronounce the word on Google Voice Search. If it can recognize the word, then they will get the point.
The last, it can enhance students’ reading skills. Reading is one of the activities that students rarely do. Some of them only read for pleasure. It is hard to find a student who read to get the information because they feel bored when they do it. Using Google Voice Search game as a medium can make the reading activity to be fun. Before starting the game, the teacher will prepare report text or narrative text from the student's textbook. Students are given time to read and once they finish, the teacher will raise a question according to the text. Then the student who knows the answer can use Google Voice Search to answer it within a full sentence. If the result that Google Search gives is same as the answer, then we have found the winner.
In short, Google Voice Search can be a medium in English learning that has at least three benefits on students’ English skills. Those benefits are triggering students’ willingness to speak, improving students’ listening skills and enhancing students’ reading skills.
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