Bayu Arko Anggoro, 2201406619 (2010) The Use Of Idioms In Narrative Text For Developing Vocabulary Mastery (A Case Study of SMK N 3 Magelang). Under Graduates thesis, Universitas Negeri Semarang.
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This study was about teaching English idiomatic expressions as a part of vocabulary building. The reason I conducted this study was to discover whether the English language learners were familiar to English idiomatic expressions, to compare the subjects’ idiom comprehension before and after this study and to find out whether the subjects wanted the English idiomatic expressions to be taught. The study was an action research. The subjects of this study were the 11th grade students of SMK N 3 Magelang in the academic year 2009/2010. The number of the subjects in this research was 35 students. At the very beginning of the study, I conducted a pretest to answer the first statement of the problem. The pretest result was very poor; therefore, I conducted three cycles in order to supply the subjects with the relevant materials. At the end of the study, I conducted a post-test. The post-test result answered the second statement of the problem. In order to answer the third statement of problem I asked the subjects to fill out a questionnaire. Based on the pretest result which is 36.4, it was obvious that the first statement of the problem showed negative answer. Based on that fact, I could continue the study. The result of the three cycle’s evaluations (90.7, 91 and 86) showed a consistent result. The post test result (71.7) gave a positive answer to the second statement of problem. Finally, the result of the questionnaire also provided a positive answer to the third statement of problem. Based on the pretest and post-test result, I discovered that before the students joined the idiom based class, they English idiomatic expressions’ comprehensiveness was vey poor. However, after they joined this study, their English idiomatic expressions’ understanding increased. Based on the questionnaire, It was crystal clear the students wanted that English idiomatic expressions to be taught. Based on this study, I suggested that English teachers could use narrative text containing idioms as a helpful media to teach English idiomatic expressions.
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