THE EFFECTIVENESS OF INFORMATION GAP TECHNIQUES IN TEACHING SPEAKING VIA VIRTUAL CLASS FOR MARITIME STUDENTS
Nowadays, most of educational institutions or universities in Indonesia adapted virtual learning because of COVID 19 Pandemic. Therefore, the aim of writing this mini research is to find out the effectiveness of the information gap in teaching speaking via virtual learning. This research used an experimental research which the design was a pre-experiment. There were 50 students of the Nautical Department as the subject of this research. According to the result, the paired sample t-test score of sig. (2-tailed) was 0.000 which is less than 0.05, so that the hypothesis H1 was accepted and H0 was rejected. From the discussion, it could be concluded that the information gap technique which was given virtually was effective in teaching speaking and the fluency aspect of students’ speaking were better after being taught by the information gap. Therefore, the utilization of the information gap technique in teaching is not only can be done by face to face interaction in the classroom, but also virtually.