Using make a Match Technique to teach vocabulary

Ratna Zawil


This research was done to see if the use of the Make a Match technique could improve the mastery of vocabulary of eighth grade students at Junior High School (SMP) Negeri 18 Banda Aceh. The main purpose was to find out if students taught using the Make a Match technique would get better scores for vocabulary compared to those who were taught the usual way. The material given to the students was vocabulary in the context of a narrative text.  The population and sample for the study was two classes of year eight students at Junior High School Number 18 (SMP Negeri 18), Banda Aceh which had 58 students, 29 in each class. The data for this research was collected from a pre-test and a post-test that were analyzed using SPSS 15.0. The mean of the post-test of the experimental group (EG) was 49 which was significantly higher than that of the control group (CG) at 42. The mean from the pre-test of the EG was 39 the same as that from the CG which was also 39. The result of the t-test concluded that the students taught using the Make a Match technique got better scores in vocabulary than those in the CG. However the results from the tests of the parts of vocabulary were not conclusive. As a follow up from this research, it is suggested that English teachers should try using the Make a Match technique for teaching reading as an alternative to be applied in teaching reading in English.


Teaching Vocabulary; Make a Match Technique

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