Improving Students’ Speaking Skill By Using Activities Through Songs at the First Year Students of Class B Semester of English Department Faculty Teachers Training and Pedagogy Lancang Kuning University
The objective of this research was to find out whether students’ activities through
song can be used as media for improving the students speaking skill. The participants of this
study were the students of semester two B of the English department of Education Faculty
and Teachers Training Lancang Kuning University academic year 2009/2010. The number of
subjects in this research was 21 students. The writer conducted an action research to find the
answer of the problem. In solving the problem, the writer carried out in two cycles, which
each cycle had four meetings. It was done from April 12th, 2010 until Mei 31st , 2010. The
researcher and collaborator gathered the data in each meeting in cycle 1 and 2 from the
checklist of observation for teacher and students, field note/recording test and interview.
After analyzing the data, it was found that the activities through song improved the students’
speaking skill and influenced all indicators of speaking skill in term of accent, grammar,
vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Furthermore, it built up the students confidence and
participation in class. The researcher concluded that the students’ activities through song can
improve the students’ speaking skill.