The development of information technology as we see it today provides opportunities for teachers to use multimedia technology optimally in language learning. Multimedia learning is a combination of various media such as text, images, sounds and videos that are integrated and synergistic to achieve learning goals. With the proper use of multimedia in language learning teachers can create a pleasant learning atmosphere, motivate students, develop communication competencies, enhance interaction and collaboration, facilitate students in learning whenever and wherever. This supports the 21st century competencies where students are required to have the ability to cooperate, communicate, think critically, creatively and adaptively. As the multimedia technologies such as tools, hardware and software are more readily available in the digital era today, language teachers should utilize the multimedia learning wisely and appropriately. They need to integrate the multimedia into their lesson and assessment. Moreover, with the proliferation of mobile devices and social networks, language teachers can use them to improve access and equity in education through the adoption of multimedia learning into e-learning and blended learning.
Demikian adalah ringkasan presentasi berjudul “The use of multimedia technology to promote language learning in digital era” yang disampaikan oleh Prof. Herman Dwi Surjono, Ph.D. dalam the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Language, Literature and Education (ICILLE) di Yogyakarta 10 Oktober 2018. Konferensi internasional yang diselenggarakan oleh Departemen Bahasa dan Sastra Indonesia FBS UNY tersebut menghadirkan pembicara Prof. Dr. Dadang Sunendar, M.Hum., Dr. Elizabeth Hartnell, Prof. Madya Dr. Mawar Safei, Mr. Hywel Coleman, Prof. Herman Dwi Surjono M.Sc., MT., Ph.D., dan Prof. Suminto A. Sayuti.