Using the Explicit Teaching to Improve Students’ English Pronunciation


Using the Explicit Teaching to Improve Students’ English Pronunciation

 

Parlindungan Pardede

parlpard2010@gmail.com

 Universitas Kristen Indonesia

Abstract
This study was conducted to enhance the students’ English pronunciation skills by using the explicit teaching approach. To attain the objective, data were collected through tests, observation, questionnaire, and interview during the process of carrying out a two-cycle classroom action research in the Speaking IV class of the English Teaching Study Program of FKIP-UKI during the even semester of 2010/2011 Academic Year. Using the 16 students in the class as subjects, the action research was conducted by providing special practices on pronunciation, including watching video or listening to English expressions, drillings on aspects of English pronunciation unfamiliar or difficult to students, recording, transcribing and analyzing the transcriptions with those of native speakers.

The results showed that the explicit teaching approach enhanced the subjects’ English pronunciation skills. This is seen from the increase of the students’ average score, i.e. 56.66 (pre-test) to 65.13 (post-test of cycle 1) to 78.14 (post test of cycle 2). In addition to the score increase, the responses to the survey gauging the subjects perception revealed that the explicit pronunciation teaching was interesting, helped pronunciation skill development, and increased self-confidence in English speaking.

Based on the findings and discussions, it was concluded that the explicit pronunciation teaching did not only make the subjects more enthusiastic to practice and improve their pronunciation but also made them more confident to speak English. Therefore, the explicit teaching of pronunciation seems very effective to English adult learners. It was also recommended to carry out similar action research on students of educational lower levels.

Keywords: pronunciation, explicit teaching approach, action research

 –> Click here to get the full report.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s