Improving Speaking Skills through the Learning Community Technique

Munawar Munawar

Abstract


The aim of the study was to find out if there was an improvement in students’ English speaking skills through the Learning Community Technique (LCT) than through the conventional way (teacher-centered) of teaching English speaking skills. The subjects of the study were the students in class eleven in a high school in Bireuen, Aceh Province. This study is a collaborative classroom action research project carried out in two cycles, and each cycle was conducted over three meetings. The data was collected using observation sheets, self-assessments of participation in groups, and questionnaires. The findings were then presented after the data was analyzed using qualitative and quantitative data processing procedures. Based on the result of the teacher’s observation sheet in cycle 1, there were some aspects of his activities that should be redesigned since he did not conduct the activities fully according to the lesson plan. Based on the result of the data analysis in cycle 1, there were several aspects of the students’ activities that were still far from the required standards. Furthermore, the result of the questionnaire on the responses of the students to the implementation of LCT revealed that they had good responses toward its implementation. In addition, they did self-assessment of participation in groups that aimed at evaluating their own progress in learning and how well they performed their tasks. 


Keywords


Learning Community Technique; Speaking Skills

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