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Puppets as Alternative Media for Teaching Speaking to Young Learners: Exploring Class Interaction in Fourth Grade of SDN Dukuh Menanggal II, Surabaya Written by: Dien Suci Christina Tantrei (1213002134) Under Guidance: Mateus Yumarnamto, M. Hum. Rosalina Nugraheni W. P., M. Pd. Widya Mandala Catholic University The Faculty of Teacher Training and Education English Department December, 2008 i ii iiiACKNOWLEDGEMENTS First of all, the writer would like to thank Jesus Christ for giving His Grace & Blessing so that she could finally finish her thesis. The writer would also like to express her deepest gratitude to the following people who have helped her in the accomplishment of the thesis: 1. Mateus Yumarnamto, M. Hum., the writers first advisor, who has spent his valuable time, efforts and energy to guide and encourage the writer to finish her thesis. In addition, the writer also thanks him for having been so patient in guiding the writer from the very beginning until the completion of her thesis. 2. Rosalina Nugraheni W. P., M. Pd., the writers second advisor, who has provided her precious time to help the writer so patiently during the completion of the thesis. 3. Y. G. Harto Pramono, Ph. D., who has been very helpful during the completion of the thesis. In addition, the writer also thanks him for sharing his beautiful thoughts. 4. M. G. Retno Palupi, M. Pd., who has given wonderful ideas and suggestions. 5. Yohanes Nugroho Widiyanto, M. Ed., for being very kind and helpful. 6. Bpk. Drs. Lilik Tjipto Wi Dodo, M.M., as the principal of SDN Dukuh Menanggal II Surabaya, who has permitted the writer to conduct the research at the school. iv7. Mrs. Wiji, the English teacher of SDN Dukuh Menanggal II Surabaya, who has been willing to give a chance to the writer to apply the puppet-aided teaching in her class. Personally, the writer thanks her for her kindness in supporting the writer during the research. 8. The writers wonderful parents and big family, who have supported her mentally and emotionally from the beginning. The writer was so thankful for their love, encouragement and endless prayers during the accomplishment of her study. 9. Indro Awiryo Bawono, who has given the writer endless helps, supports, loves and encouragements to pass the difficult & hopeless moment. 10. Andri, Citra, Trisa, Rurit, Tika, Meme, Eni and Ayu, the writers best friends, for giving the best friendship and moral supports to the writer. 11. All Class 4B students of SDN Dukuh Menanggal II Surabaya, who were willing to participate and also for their hospitality during the research. 12. All the librarians of Widya Mandala Catholic University, who have facilitated the writer in getting some sources for her study. The writer also thanks to all of the people who cannot be mentioned one by one in this thesis for their willingness, help, guidance and support. Finally, the writer expects that this study will be useful particularly for English teachers who dedicate themselves to the progress of English in Indonesia. The Writer vTABLE OF CONTENTS APPROVAL SHEET (1) ... iAPPROVAL SHEET (2) ... iiACKNOWLEDGEMENT.. iiiTABLE OF CONTENTS vABSTRACT. viiiCHAPTER I: INTRODUCTION.......................................................... 1.1 Background of the Study....... 1.2 Statement of the Problems. 1.3 The Objective of the Study................ 1.4 Theoretical Framework.. 1.5 The Significance of the Study............ 1.6 The Scope and Limitation of the Study............. 1.7 The Definition of Key Terms................. 1.8 Organization of the Study.. 114456678CHAPTER II: REVIEW OF THE RELATED LITERATURE 2.1 Characteristics of Young Learners.. 2.2 Teaching English to Young Learners.. 2.3 Teaching Speaking to Children....... 2.4 Communication Theory.. 2.5 Class Interaction.......... 2.6 Puppets........ 2.6.1 The Advantages of Using Puppets 99111417182425 viin Teaching Speaking to Young Learners... 2.6.2 The Role of Puppets in Teaching Speaking to Children... 2.6.3 The Procedures of Teaching Speaking Using Puppets to Young Learners.. 2.7 Related Studies. 272932CHAPTER III: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY... 3.1 Research Design... 3.2 Participants... 3.3 Instruments....... 3.3.1 The Observers. 3.3.2 Observation List.. 3.3.3 Interviews 3.3.4 Teachers Self-reflection Sheet... 3.3.5 Handy Camera. 3.3.6 Tape Recorder. 3.4 Procedures Collecting Data.. 3.5 Data.. 3.6 Technique of Analyzing the Data.... 34343839404041414242424344 CHAPTER IV: THE FINDINGS AND THE DISCUSSION OF THE FINDINGS... 4.1 Data Presentation & Findings.. 4.1.1 Class Interaction Teacher initiate- Students Respond......... Student(s) Initiate(s) - Teacher Responds... Teacher Evaluates Students Responses.. 464647475050 vii4.1.1.4 Student Evaluates Teachers Response... Teachers Positive Non-verbal Clues.. Students Positive Non-verbal Clues.. Teachers Negative Non-verbal Clues.. Students Negative Non-verbal Clues.. 4.1.2 Strengths and Weaknesses 4.2 Discussion of the Findings .. 4.2.1 Class Interaction.................................. 4.2.2 Strengths & Weaknesses..... 525254555656575764CHAPTER V: CONCLUSION, IMPLICATION, LIMITATION AND RECOMMENDATION.. 5.1 Conclusion... 5.2 Implication... 5.3 Limitation.... 5.4 Recommendation......... 5.4.1 Recommendation for Teachers... 5.4.2 Recommendation for Further Research.. 67676970717172BIBLIOGRAPHY... 73LIST OF APPENDICES 77 viiiABSTRACT Tantrei, Dien Suci Christina, Puppets as Alternative Media for Teaching Speaking to Young Learners: Exploring Class Interaction in Fourth Grade of SDN Dukuh Menanggal II, Surabaya, 2008. Unpublished Thesis. English Department of Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya. Advisors: Mateus Yumarnamto M. Hum., Rosalina Nugraheni W. P., M. Pd. Keywords: Puppets, Media, Teaching, Speaking, Young Learners, Class Interaction Some children are explorative, brave and curious while the rests are shy and intimidated but with those varied characters, they just love to play. Knowing their enthusiasm, it seems that puppets are suitable for both types of children since puppets are generally likeable. Thus, puppets are brought into English class to help students speak their mind and share their ideas in target language, English. Then, the use of puppets as media is to help students learn English in a fun atmosphere. Here, puppet can be the bridge to build an interaction in a writing-based English class. So, through this study, the writer tries to find the kinds of interaction and the strengths & weaknesses in making use of puppets specifically in teaching speaking to young learners. Since this study is descriptive qualitative, the research was done based on observers observations. The writer was the observer. The research was conducted in one meeting of pre-observation and two meetings of observation. The pre-observation was done on Monday, September 11th 2006 and the observations were done two times, on Tuesday, September 12th and on Tuesday, September 19th 2006. The participants of this research were one teacher and 24 students of grade 4 of SDN Dukuh Menanggal II, Surabaya. The writer obtained the data from the video-recording, interview, observation lists and teachers self-reflection sheet. From the data obtained, the writer concludes that students made six out of eight kinds of interactions with the teacher. The kinds of interactions were; 1.Teacher Initiates- Students Respond; 2.Teacher evaluates students responses; 3.Teachers positive non-verbal clues; 4.Students positive non-verbal clues; 5.Teachers negative non-verbal clues; and 6.Students negative non-verbal clues. Based on the analysis of the observation data, the strengths were students had the puppet as another model except the teacher, students had a new experience with a puppet in their class, they made a better speaking practice, puppet helped them aware of the use of a language, in this case, of English. Meanwhile, the weaknesses were the teaching-learning process used only 50% English, students overused their mother tongue, and students did not use target language as hoped. Another weakness found based on the interview was only 9 out of 24 students had a better understanding about the lesson. From the findings of the research, it is found that class interaction can be conditioned through puppet with an optimum teaching design. It implies that an optimum teaching design administered with puppet as a media can give rooms for the students to interact specifically in making initiations and evaluations. ixIntrinsically, puppet as a media could help facilitate interaction. But however, teacher must be able to make an optimum teaching design. Based on the findings, it implies that teacher should be able to create a teaching design as such that can promote optimum interaction in speaking class. By doing so, the students speaking ability can be fostered. Thus, it is assumed that teaching design is central to the effectiveness of interaction rather than the puppet as a teaching media per se.


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