THE EFFECT OF USING PICTURE SERIES ON THE ELEVENTH GRADE STUDENTS’ WRITING ACHIEVEMENT AT MAN 2 JEMBER
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This experimental research was intended to know whether or not there was a significant effect of using picture series on the eleventh grade students’ writing achievement at MAN 2 Jember. Based on the English teacher’s information, the eleventh grade students had difficulties in writing, especially in grammar, generating and developing ideas. This finding was also supported with the results of post test of the writing test. To overcome this problem above, the researcher used picture series as media to be able to atrract the students, to motivate and to contribute to the context in which the languange is being used. It also supported by Wright (1989:17), pictures can motivate students and make them want to pay attention and want to take a part in the teaching learning process. He also stated that pictures can be used to improve some aspects of language such as structure, vocabulary, function, situation and four language skills (Wright, 1989:4-6). The experimental research was conducted on 9th-12th June, 2015. The first and second meetings of the research were conducted on June 9th ,2015 and June 10th,2015 for both groups. The learning materials for both groups, the experimental group and the control group, was the same. But, the treatment between the experimental and the control groups were different. The treatment for the experimental group was taught a narrative text by using picture series while the the control group was taught a narrative text without using picture series. The results of the students’ narrative writing achievement in the post-test score were analyzed by using independent sample t-test. The writing post test was conducted on June 12th, 2015 to find the significance of the data from the two groups involved in this research. There were 34 students in the experimental group and 34 students present in the control group. The test was given to both groups after the treatments. The researcher used 95% confidence interval of the difference. It means that the standard error in this calculation was only 5 %. Based on the output of Independent sample T-test by using SPSS, the degree of freedom (df) of post test was 42,948. The value of Lavene’s Test of Equality variances is 0.000 or we can say that it is less than 0,05. If the value of Sig. (2 tailed) is less than 0,05, it indicated that the null hypothesis (H0) was rejected. That is why, the alternative hypothesis (Ha) with 95% confidence interval of the difference was accepted. Based on the result above, it could be concluded that there was a significant effect of using picture series on the eleventh grade students and the use of picture series was effective to overcome the students’ problems in writing.