This research is aimed at revealing: (1) whether and to what extent Community Language Learning (CLL) method can improve students’ grammar competences in writing descriptive text, and explaining (2) the class situation when Community Language Learning (CLL) method is used in teaching grammar in writing descriptive text. The students in the first year of junior high school have difficulty in their grammar competences that causes many errors in writing descriptive text.
The research was conducted in SMPN 2 Jekulo Kudus. The subject of the research was the seventh grade students of VII E that consists of 36 students. The classroom action research was conducted in two cycles, each consists of four meetings that covers four steps: planning, acting, observing, and reflecting. There were two kinds of data in this research, qualitative and quantitative. The qualitative data were collected through observation, interviews, questionnaire, and diary. The quantitative data were collected through the students’ pre-test and post-test. The qualitative data were analyzed by using constant comparative method, while the quantitative data were analyzed by using descriptive statistics.
The research findings show that: (1) Community Language Learning (CLL) method can improve the students’ grammar competences in writing descriptive text, and (2) Community Language Learning (CLL) method provides teacher’s full support, students’ demanded knowledge, and equal teacher’s care for the entire students to support the effective class situation when used to teach grammar in writing descriptive text. The weakness of this method is when the classroom has more than 15 students and there is only one teacher, the teacher must limit into the minimum sentence students can produce so that every student in the classroom has equal attention.
Therefore, Community Language Learning (CLL) can be an alternative method for the teacher or the future researchers who will conduct the similar research.
Keywords: grammar competence, descriptive text, community language learning (CLL), classroom action research