Speaking is one of the skills for communication such as for express desires, ideas or desire to do something, negotiate or solve a particular problem, or maintain social relationships by speaking. Most of the students have problems in speaking such as how to speak fluently, correctly and using good pronunciation. Teachers should provide interesting media such as Picture cued to encourage students' speaking skills. The purpose of the research is to investigate the effect of student’s speaking of narrative text by using picture cued. Specifically, this research is aimed at: Finding out the effect of using picture cued to the seventh grade students’ speaking ability of SMP Islam Sejahtera Badas in academic year 2017/2018.
The design of this study was an experimental study with a group of pre-test-post-test students. The subject of this research is the seventh grade students of SMP Islam Sejahtera Badas in Academic Year 2017/2018. The total sample of students is 21 students. The instruments used in this study are pre-test and post-test in the form of oral tests with the topic of describing a person. Data were analyzed by using t test formula.
The results showed that the t-score (21.350) was higher than the t table at the 5% significance level (2.086). This means the alternative hypothesis (ha) is accepted and the null hypothesis (ho) is rejected. So, it can be concluded that there is a significant influence of Picture cued to the seventh grade students’ speaking ability of SMP Islam Sejahtera Badas in the Academic Year 2017/2018.
Therefore, it can be suggested that the use of Picture cued can be an alternative medium for teaching English, especially speaking, in order to improve speech. As a reference, researcher recommends that Picture cued be used in teaching speech. Then, the researcher suggested to the English teacher to teach talk by using Picture cued media. The next suggestion is that students are expected to use the Picture cued media in learning to speak, this can help them to improve their speaking skills more easily. The last suggestion is to another resarcher who does the same research that this research might be referenced.
KATA KUNCI : Picture Cued, Speaking, Speaking ability
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