IMPROVING STUDENTS’ VOCABULARY MASTERY
BY USING PICTURE A CLASSROOM ACTION RESEARCH
AT THE FOURTH YEAR STUDENTS OF SD NEGERI BANGOAN I
IN ACADEMIC YEAR 2008 / 2009
1.1 Background of the Study
In accordance with the curriculum of the elementary school, namely Competency Based Curriculum 2006, it is stated that English language is taught as a local subject matter. It uses meaningfulness approach that means the language elements like vocabulary, spelling, and pronunciation, should be presented in the situational context so that the ideas and meaning are clear. In the teaching and learning process the four language skills should be taught integrated using simple sentences.
If we say about learning a foreign language, it will be better at the first time the student should learn the vocabulary of it, because without mastering vocabulary they will find some problems in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. According to Hornby (2000:1447), “Vocabulary is a list of words with their meaning especially important for learning a foreign language”. It means that vocabulary mastery is important for learning a foreign language.
Vocabulary is one of the important components of English, so the English teacher has responsibility in establishing the meaning of vocabularies in the students’ mind. It is not easy to be done. Sometimes, the students have difficulties in using language. They try to memorize a certain number of words and their meanings, they will forget it. Finally, they will be bored and they just have less attention and motivation to learn it.
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By Mudji on Sabtu, 12 Februari 2011