IMPROVING STUDENTS’ MASTERY OF THE SIMPLE PAST TENSE BY USING CHINESE WHISPERS AND GROUP GRID TECHNIQUE (A Classroom Action Research Given to the Eleventh Graders of PGRI 2 Private Vocational School Salatiga in the Academic Year 2014/2015)

Yenny Dwi Nugraheni, 2201411073 (2015) IMPROVING STUDENTS’ MASTERY OF THE SIMPLE PAST TENSE BY USING CHINESE WHISPERS AND GROUP GRID TECHNIQUE (A Classroom Action Research Given to the Eleventh Graders of PGRI 2 Private Vocational School Salatiga in the Academic Year 2014/2015). Under Graduates thesis, UNIVERSITAS NEGERI SEMARANG.

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    Abstract

    In school-based curriculum, one of the basic competences for the eleventh graders of vocational school was about telling activities or works in the past and future work plans. Thus, they were obliged to master one of the English tenses that was the simple past tense. Unfortunately, they still possessed low mastery of grammar and experienced difficulties in learning it. Moreover, English was frequently taught in a conventional way so that they got bored easily while learning it. A classroom action research about the use of Chinese whispers and group grid technique aimed to resolve those emerging problems. The foci of this study were to investigate how a combination of this could be used as a method in teaching the simple past tense to the eleventh graders, and how the use of this method improved their mastery of the simple past tense. Specifically, the subject of this study was 34 students of class XI D at PGRI 2 Private Vocational School Salatiga in the academic year of 2014/2015. This study was conducted in two cycles in a total of 7 meetings. The first meeting was used to conduct pre-test, the second to the fourth meeting were used to conduct cycle 1 and formative-test 1, and the fifth to the seventh meetings were used to conduct cycle 2, formative test 2, and post- test. The instruments for obtaining the data were tests, observation sheet, and questionnaire. The observation sheet results showed that students‟ behaviors and responses during the learning processes improved. Those were relatively good and socially acceptable. Furthermore, the questionnaire results indicated that students tended to show good judgment on the implementation of this teaching method in their learning. The final result of the study revealed that there was a significant improvement in their achievement since they learned the lessons based on group cooperation. Students‟ average score in pre-test was 58.65, in formative test 1 was 76.97, in formative test 2 was 79.06, while in post-test was 83.56. Referring to the overall results of the study, the combination of Chinese whispers and group grid technique could be considered as one of alternative and effective teaching methods to improve students‟ mastery of the simple past tense.

    Item Type: Thesis (Under Graduates)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: teaching the simple past tense, Chinese whispers, cooperative learning, group grid technique, action research.
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
    Fakultas: Fakultas Bahasa dan Seni > Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris (S1)
    Depositing User: sumarsono mahasiswa unnes
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2015 08:04
    Last Modified: 10 Nov 2015 08:04

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