IMPROVING STUDENTS’ SPEAKING ABILITY THROUGH COMMUNICATIVE LANGUAGE GAMES AT SMPN


IMPROVING STUDENTS’ SPEAKING ABILITY THROUGH COMMUNICATIVE LANGUAGE GAMES AT SMPN
CHAPTER I
INTRODUCTION
This chapter  consists of the background of the study, identification of the problem, limitation of the problem, formulation of the problem, objectives of the study, and the significance of the study.
A.  Background of Study
English  becomes  the  most  essential  language  in  the  world.  Many  people use it as a medium of communication and it is easier for people who come from different  countries  to  make  interactions  and  communication  with  other  using English.  Moreover,  in  the  era  of  globalization,  English  plays  a  key  role  in  many areas  including  economics,  politics,  culture,  communication  and  education.  In response to this, therefore, in Indonesia, English is very important to be mastered.
English takes a role as a foreign language in this country. It also becomes one  of  the  compulsory  subjects  that  should  be  taught  in  junior  high  school  as implied  in  the  government  regulation  No.  19/2005  articles  6  verses  1  about  the scope of subject in every level of education in the curriculum

Basically,  English  consists  of  four  skills  to  be  taught.  They  are  listening, speaking,  reading,  and  writing.  Recently,  speaking  has  played  an  increasingly important role in second/foreign language settings as a means  of  communication in  daily  life.  It  is  supported  by  O’Malley and Pierce’  (1996:  57)  finding  that  is among  the  four  skills,  speaking  seems  to  be  an  important  skill  that  a  learner should acquire since one of the major responsibilities of any teacher working with?????


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