The Effectiveness of Using Simple Text in Teaching English for IV Grade Students in SD Negeri Bulakan 1 Sukoharjo

Oleh :
Weni Esthya Sena - C.9307091 - Fak. Sastra dan Seni Rupa

This final project was written based on the writer’s job training as an English teacher in SDN Bulakan 1 Sukoharjo which was done for one and a half month. The writer took two classes in IV A and IV B as the subject to be observed. This final project discusses the effectiveness of using simple text in teaching English in elementary school. During the job training, the writer did some activities by observing and analyzing the behavior of the students to collect the data. The text used in the process of teaching and learning is very simple. The text could be planned for all of the skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking). The writer used six steps in teaching using simple text. First, the writer wrote the text in the white board while students were practising to read it. Second, the writer erased some words and asked the students to fill in the blanks by listening to the teacher. Third, after filling the blanks, the students were asked to read the whole text and answered some questions related to the text. Fourth, the teacher taught the vocabularies by drilling some new words. Fifth, the students were asked to copy the whole text and they were guided to make the same text which was similar to the example. And the last, the writer asked the students to make the same text in their own words without guidance anymore (independent writing) and retell their writing. But, those skills did not have to be given in those sequences. The best steps just followed the mood of the students without ignoring the purpose of the activities. The teacher gave some test to prove the effectiveness of the method. And the result is most of the students got good mark and understood the material well, it means that the goal of the process was complete. Most of the students got some difficulties such as vocabularies, pronunciation, and grammar. During the process, the writing, speaking, reading, and listening skills of the students are improved. It was proven by looking at the student’s writing in the end of the meeting.