Using Stories to Develop EFL Students’ Vocabulary at SMK 17 Agustus 1945

Using Stories to Develop EFL Students’ Vocabulary at SMK 17 Agustus 1945

Henrikus Male

hendrymalle09@gmail.com

Tuti Haryati Sihite

Universitas Kristen Indonesia, Indonesia

Abstract

Story reading has long been recognized as an effective educational strategy. Current researches strengthened the ideas that reading stories provides a powerful language inputs for EFL learners in the attempt to develop language skills and vocabulary. This study was an action research aimed to improve tenth graders’ vocabulary mastery by using stories at SMK 17 Agustus 1945. The study was carried out in two cycles. Throughout the study, quantitative data was collected by using tests and qualitative data was obtained through a questionnaire. The results showed that the use of story reading technique was successful to develop the vocabulary mastery. It did not only enhance the students’ vocabulary test scores but also changed their views from a negative one to a positive one concerning the study of English in general, the importance of vocabulary development, and the use of story reading to develop vocabulary. Based on the results, teachers are suggested to use story reading technique to improve students’ mastery of English vocabulary.

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Note: This article was presented UKI English Education Department Collegiate Forum held on Friday, June 10, 2016

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