Improving the students’ english speaking ability using storytelling (A classroom Action Research at the Eighth Grade of MTs Raudlatul Muta’allimin Wilangan Nganjuk in 2009/2010 Academic Year)

Oleh :
Anik Indramawan - S890209104 - Pascasarjana

The objectives of the research are: (1) to describe whether the use of storytelling can improve the students’ speaking ability; and (2) to describe the effective of teaching-learning process when storytelling is implemented in the speaking class. This research was carried out to MTs Raudlatul Muta’allimin Wilangan Nganjuk. It was conducted from December 2009 up to July 2010. The research method was Classroom Action Research and it was conducted in three cycles. In collecting the data, the writer used questionnaire, interviews, observation, diaries, and test. Having collected the data, she analyzed them both qualitative and quantitative data. The qualitative data were analyzed by using Constant Comparative Method: comparing incident applicable to each category, integrating categories and their properties, delimiting the theory, and writing the theory. The quantitative data were analyzed by descriptive statistics to calculate the mean scores of pre-test, test in cycle 1, test in cycle 2, and test in cycle 3. The research findings show that storytelling can improve: (1) the students’ speaking ability: (a) The students could pronounce some English words correctly; (b) They could produce grammatical sentences; (c) They could use appropriate vocabularies; (d) They could express their idea fluently; and (e) The content of their expression could be understood; and (2) the effectiveness of teaching learning process when storytelling is implemented. It shows that: storytelling can improve the teaching-learning process, in terms of, (a) creating live teaching atmosphere; (b) increasing students’ participation; (c) improving students’ interest, motivation, and self-confidence. This research shows that there is improvement not only in the speaking ability of the students involved of the study but also the effectiveness of teaching-learning process. It can be stated that the speaking class is more effective and alive when the teacher uses storytelling to teach the speaking ability. Therefore, it is recommended that the English teacher should be: (1) creative to guide the students in teaching materials so that they are able to understand them; (2) active to create an interesting atmosphere because storytelling can build up the students’ interest, motivation and self-confidence.