Improving Students´ Speaking Motivation Through a Counseling Technique at Year-8 of SMP N 3 Kutowinangun

Puspitasari, Dyan (2012) Improving Students´ Speaking Motivation Through a Counseling Technique at Year-8 of SMP N 3 Kutowinangun. S2 thesis, UNY.

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This study was aimed at Improving Students´ Speaking Motivation Through a Counseling Technique at Year-8 of SMP N 3 Kutowinangun. Humanistic theory and Psychological method, which see learners as a whole person learning, was used in this research. This was a classroom action research study conducted in two cycles in which each consisted of four steps, i.e. planning, action, observation and reflection. The population was year 8 students of SMP Negeri 3 Kutowinangun. There were 40 respondents involved in this study. The data being observed was the students´ behavior and motivation improvement. The data collection instruments were an observation sheet, students´ diary and a questionnaire. The data were collected by means of the observation sheet filled up by two collaborators and the students´ diary about their response toward the teaching and learning process in terms of the teacher´s presentation and their own willingness, like or dislike toward the learning process which was then descriptively analyzed and presented. The results of this study show the following: 1) the action research on motivating students to initiate speaking in English by using a counseling technique was successful. The students in every meeting showed changes on their behaviors. Even though not all of them showed similar changes, they started to show their courage to learn, to speak in English, and to raise questions. The counseling used in this research managed also to improve a better quality of teacher-students relationship. Therefore, students became more comfortable in learning, thus, their motivation in learning improved. (2) Attending, giving motivation through statements and gesture, not directly correct the students accuracy during their presentation and have a talk with the students outside the class in a less formal situation seemed to work well in improving the quality of the teacher – students relationship and able to create a supporting learning atmosphere which motivate the students to learn English. (3) Related to the students´ motivation, students in each meeting showed changes. They started to pay more attention during the class, paid more interest in learning and practicing, showed less latency in doing their task and the most important the students started to be more confident in presenting their work and started to share their difficulties in learning English with the teacher. (4) Related to the students´ language proficiency, students in this class need more intensive meeting to improve. Students still found it hard to use the past tense. However, their presentation was better than before. (5) The improvement of their motivation can also be witnessed through their diary in which most of the students admitted that they enjoyed the class and they were no longer afraid in presenting and in sharing what they have in their mind.

Item Type: Thesis (S2)
Uncontrolled Keywords: students´ speaking motivation, counseling technique
Subjects: Bahasa dan Sastra > Bahasa dan Sastra Inggris
Divisions: Sekolah Pascasarjana (SPS) > Program Pascasarjana > Linguistik Terapan
Depositing User: Eprints
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2012 04:18
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 04:23

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