IMPROVING STUDENTS’ WRITING SKILL THROUGH ENGLISH WEB BLOG AMONG YEAR X STUDENTS OF SMA NEGERI


IMPROVING STUDENTS’ WRITING SKILL THROUGH ENGLISH WEB BLOG AMONG YEAR X STUDENTS OF SMA NEGERI
CHAPTER I
INTRODUCTION
A. Background of the Study
The  teaching  and  learning  of  English  as  a  foreign  language  is  very complex.  Writing  is  the  most  crucial  skill in  learning  English.  Richards and Renandya (2002) state that there is no doubt that writing is the most difficult skill for  the  second  language learners  to  master.  Learners  need  to  combine  a  lot  of components  to  compose  a  good  writing, starting  from  grammar  to  cohesion  and coherence  in  writing.  These  will  be  difficult  points for  many  students  to  write. The  difficulty  lies  not only  in  generating  and  organizing  ideas,  but  also  in translating these ideas into readable text.
In the learning process, writing becomes a problem for the students of the first grade of senior high school observed. In SMA N, there are some problems  that  relate  to  the  English  writing  process.  The  students  have  low competency in writing; their understanding about aspects of writing is poor. Their knowledge  of  grammar,  diction,  and  cohesion  and  coherence  are not  used appropriately.  Students’  sentences  often  contain  a  lot  of  grammatical  errors, especially  in  using tenses. Learners need  to improve their  knowledge  on diction.They have difficulties in taking words to the context when developing sentences, so they cannot compose a good paragraph.
The learning media contribute to the teaching and learning process. It can stimulate  students’  idea  to  develop  their  writing.  The learning  media  can  be??????

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