Improving the Students’ ability to speak English using pictures through pair work. PTK

A.    Background
As internationally pronounced language, English occupies the first position in the word by communication today. This position makes English most widely used all over the world in all aspects of human life. English is a language used conveying our ideas to other persons. We can communicate with other people in the world by the language. In our country, English plays an important role in international communication and in the development of Education, Economic, Science, and Technology.
One problem that usually find is that the students’ are capable of structure or reading, but have the lack of speaking, although English have been thought in Indonesia as a compulsory subject from junior school to senior high school and university. Therefore, we can state that speaking is one of the improvements of their speaking skill. Studying English without practice speaking is useless. (Fauziati, 2002:126)
Speaking is the process of building and sharing meaning through the use of verbal and non-verbal symbols. Speaking is a crucial part of second language learning and teaching. However, today’s world requires that the goal of teaching speaking should improve students’ communicative skills because students can express themselves and learn how to use a language.
Nowadays, many teacher agree that students should learn to speak theSecond language by interacting to others. For this case, students’ should master several speaking components such as: comprehension, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and fluency. In brief, English teacher should be creative in developing their teaching learning process to create good atmosphere, improve the students speaking skill, give attention to the speaking components’, and make the English lesson more exiting. For this reason, the English teacher of SMP Pesantren Sinergi Mulya applies appropriate method and technique of teaching speaking. The method used by the teacher is pair work method.
Here the researcher was applied a new method to improve students’ ability to speak English, the method is pair work. Pair work is one of the learning strategies which emphasized on the efficient and the effectiveness in teaching and learning process. Besides that, students expect can motivate them to construct the knowledge in their own understanding and to make connection between knowledge and its application in their daily.
Based on the explanation above that the students still low or lack of speaking so the writer is interested in investigating whether the use of pair work method is effective or not in improving students’ speaking by carrying out the research under the title: “Improving the  Students’ ability  to speak English using pictures through pair work/.

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