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Implementing Word Wall Activities to Improve the Eighth Graders' Vocabulary Mastery

Janati Fiani

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ABSTRAK

 

Fiani, Janati. 2017. Implementing Word Wall Activities to Improve the Eighth Graders’ Vocabulary Mastery. Sarjana’s Thesis, English Departement, Faculty of Letters. State University of Malang. Advisors :

 (I) Prof. Utami Widiati, M.A., Ph.D.,(II) Drs. Andi Muhtar, M.A.

 

Key words: Word Wall Activities, vocabulary mastery

In the preliminary study, the researcher found out that the students of 8D in SMPN P lacked vocabulary. The students’ result on A Test of The First 1,000 Words of English that was adapted from Nation (1993) showed that none of the students (0%) could pass the minimum standard. The students should answer at least 33 items from 40 items.

The research design that was used in this study is collaborative Classroom Action Research (CAR) which collaborated with the class teacher. The stages in Classroom Action Research that were used by the researcher were planning, acting, observing, and reflecting. The researcher conducted a preliminary study before those stages to identify the problem of the students. 

The subject of this study was eighth graders in 8D class. There are 27 students in the class. There were fourteen female students and 13 male students. The time allotment is 2x 40 minutes each meeting.  The study was in 4 meetings.

The data that was used to know the students’ vocabulary mastery was the vocabulary test. Then, the researcher used observation checklist, questionnaire, field note and the teacher’statement to know the students’ participation and opinion about Word Wall Activities. The researcher also conducted an interview with the the teacher to know the teacher’s opinion about the implementation of Word Wall Activities in the class.

Word wall acvtivities were activities that engage the students to learn about new words that was facilitated with word wall. Those words would help the students understand the material. Through these activitities, the students were also expected to memorize and expand the words. Then, the teacher would check the students’ understanding about the words in the word wall by asking them to give meaning or make sentences about the words.

After the implementation of Word Wall Activities, the researcher found out that Word Wall Activities were beneficial for the students and teacher. First, Word Wall Activities could improve students’ vocabulary mastery. In the vocabulary test before the implementation of Word Wall Activities, the percentage of students who passed the test was 0%. Then, after the implementation of Word Wall Activitie, the percentage of students who passed the test became 63%.

There were some steps that were used by the researcher that made Word Wall Activities could be implemented to improve the students’ vocabulary mastery. First, the teacher provided ten new words in every meeting that would be useful for the students to understand the material that was given by the teacher. It made the students’ aware of the importance of the words. Second, Word Wall Activity gave a chance for the students to use the words more often and expand the words. Third, word wall that was put in the classroom could be easily seen by the students. They could see the words during the lesson. This situation made them realize that those words would be beneficial for them to understand the lesson. Also, this made them familiar with the words and memorized the words that were posted on word wall. Fourth, the teacher also checked the students’ understanding in every meeting about the words that has been learned by asking the meaning of some words or asking the student to make a sentence from the words on word wall.

Second, the students’ participation during the implementation of Word Wall in the class was in high number. The researcher provided interesting and enjoyable Word Wall Activities that engage the students’ participation. Those activities made the students participate in the lesson bacause each student had a role in the Word Wall Activities.The mean of students’ participation from 4 meeting was 90%. It was higher than the criteria of success that had been set by the researcher. Based on the students’ answer in the questionnaire, most of the students said that the Word Wall Activities were fun and interesting. They could help them to understand more about the new words.

Third, the English teacher stated that the implementation of Word Wall Activities was not so difficult. The teacher only needed to provided the new words that would help the students understand the material. Then, the teacher made the Word Wall Activities that were interesting and fun to make the students participated actively in the class. Finally, the teacher stated that she wanted to implement Word Wall Activities in the class.

 

Based on the result of the study, the researcher has some suggestions. For the English teacher who wants to implement Word Wall Activities, the researcher suggests that Word Wall Activities should attract students’ attention. For the students, the researcher suggests that they have to be more active in the class and follow the activities well. For other researchers who are going to conduct an action based research, the researcher suggested to apply more attractive Word Wall and various Word Wall Activities to improve the students’ vocabulary mastery.