Utilizing storytelling to improve students’ vocabulary mastery (A Classroom Action Research at the Fourth Grade Students of SD Negeri 7 Wonogiri in the Academic Year of 2012/2013)

Oleh :
Rosalia Eka Wulandari - K.2209079 - Fak. KIP

This research aims at: (1) identifying whether Storytelling can improve the students’ vocabulary mastery or not, and (2) describing the class situation when Storytelling is implemented in the English class of the fourth grade of SD Negeri 7 Wonogiri. The method used in this research is a Classroom Action Research (CAR). The research was conducted in two cycles from 23th April to 28th May 2013. The research data were collected by using techniques of observation including photographs and notes/field notes, interview, documents, and tests (pre-test and post-test). The qualitative data were analyzed through assembling the data, coding the data, comparing the data, building interpretations, and reporting the outcomes. Meanwhile, the quantitative data were analyzed through descriptive statistic. The research findings show that utilizing storytelling could improve both students’ vocabulary mastery and class situation of English class. The improvements of students’ vocabulary mastery include: (1) the students could spell the words correctly, (2) they could well interpret the meaning of words, (3) they felt it was easier to arrange words into good sentences, (4) they easily pronounce the words properly. The improvements of class situation include: (1) there were still some talkative students, but they talked positively in a discussion or another cooperative activities, (2) the students were ready in following the lesson. They were also motivated in writing the materials and doing the assignments given, (3) the students’ motivation and confidence in following the lesson were highly increased. Keywords: vocabulary mastery, storytelling, Classroom Action Research