Speaking is one of important skills in learning English because the main target of most English learners is they are able to communicate orally using the target language. However, many students believe that speaking is difficult because they should not only learn on how to use the words, but also to speak properly. One of the solutions is by using role play technique. This research has three problems as follows: (1) How is the speaking ability of the 11th grade students at MA Sejahtera Pare before being taught using role play teaching technique? (2). How is the speaking ability of the 11th grade students at MA Sejahtera Pare after being taught using role play teaching technique? (3) Is there any influence of role-play teaching technique to the speaking ability of the 11th grade students at MA Sejahtera Pare? In this research, the researcher uses experimental design. Here, it uses quantitative approach because to know the students’ speaking ability, the researcher uses statistic formula. The data obtained are analysed using statistical formula. In this case, the researcher uses t-test. The population of this research is the eleventh grade students of MA Sejahtera Pare, while the sample is only 1 class that consists of 16 students. The result obtained in this research shows that there is improvement ability of the students’s speaking abilty by using role play. The t-table for level significant 5% and degree of freedom 15 was 1,753. While the result of t-test is 10,035. It means that t-test is higher than t-table (10,035 > 1,753). It means that using role play in teaching speaking is an effective way. In conclusion, role play is an effective technique used in teaching speaking. It can help the students to speak up without being afraid of making mistakes and get idea.
Keyword: Speaking, Speaking Ability, Role play Technique
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