Improving Students’ Toeic Score Through Cooperative Learning(an Action Research at Grade Twelve of SMK Negeri 1 Wonogiri in Academic Year 2010/2011)

Oleh :
Nanik Sri Retnaningsih - K.2206025 - Fak. KIP

This thesis is written 1) to find out whether or not Cooperative Learning methods improve students’ English proficiency to score higher in TOEIC; 2) to know the students’ interest toward the TOEIC class using Cooperative Learning methods; and 3) to describe the students’ activity during the TOEIC class using Cooperative Learning methods. The method used in this research is a classroom action research done collaboratively with the English teacher. The research was conducted in two cycles from August 28th until October 28th 2010 at the twelfth grade of SMK Negeri 1 Wonogiri by applying Think-Pair-Share (TPS) and Student Team Achievement Division (STAD) methods. The research data were collected by using techniques of observation, questionnaire, and test (pre-test and post-test). The data were analyzed by using FLINT system, Comprehensive and Individual Analysis, and mean statistical formula. Result shows that students’ TOEIC score improves. Before the implementation of Cooperative Learning, they scored 318.125 in average, which is categorized into Elementary level of English proficiency. After Cycle I had been conducted, the mean score became 416.5, achieving Intermediate level, which should be reached by twelfth graders. The students also scored higher after the implementation of Cycle II. They scored 437.25 in average. It is also found that students became more interested in TOEIC class. Based on the observation sheets, during Cycle I 36% of the students were very interested in the class, 47% were interested enough and only 17% who were less interested. In Cycle II even 51% were very interested, 48% were interested enough, and only 1% who were less interested in the class. Students’ activity also improves. Based on the observation sheets, during Cycle I 51% of the students were very active in the class, 44% were active enough, and only 5% who were less active. Even in Cycle II, 45% were very active, 53% were active enough, and only 2% who were less active in the class. Based on the research findings, it can be concluded that Cooperative Learning can 1) improve students’ TOEIC score, 2) attract the students to join TOEIC class, and 3) push the students to actively participate in the class.