Anggun Kusuma Dewi, 220140501 (2009) Pronunciation problems faced by the English Department Students in Pronouncing –ed ending (A Case of the Sixth Semester Students of the English Department of Unnes in the Academic Year of 2008/2009). Under Graduates thesis, Universitas Negeri Semarang.
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This final project is about the problems faced by the English Department students of Unnes in pronouncing –ed ending (a case of the sixth semester students of the English Department of Unnes in the academic year of 2008/2009). The objectives of this study is to show the level of students’ mastery in pronouncing –ed ending as well as to explain common difficulties faced by the students in pronouncing – ed ending. The population of this research was the sixth semester students of education program of the English Department of Unnes in the academic year 2008-2009. In this research I used purposive random sampling as the sampling technique. Twenty five (25) students or about 11% were chosen as the samples out of 226 students. They were given 40 test items containing words with –ed ending to be pronounced. The result of the investigation shows that the students ‘ability in pronouncing –ed ending is still poor. Based on the analysis, the most difficult type of –ed ending faced by the students was –ed ending with special pronunciation (- ed ending which do not follow the rule). Only 26.5% of them were able to pronounce it correctly. They failed in pronouncing –ed ending with special pronunciation. Meanwhile, the easiest one for them was –ed ending after [d] and [t]. Ninety five percent (95%) of the students were excellent in pronouncing it. The problems faced by the students in pronouncing –ed ending may be caused by their lack of knowledge of the pronunciation of –ed ending. It is also possible that they know the theory well, but they are not able to pronounce it properly. Based on the result obtained, I suggest that the English teachers should give more drills and practice to the students in pronouncing –ed ending. For the students, they should learn and practice the pronunciation of –ed ending more.
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