IMPROVING STUDENTS’ ENGLISH VOCABULARY THROUGH SPELLING BEE IN THE SECOND GRADE IN OF MTs DDI TAKKALASI
This study aims to find out how spelling bee affects students' vocabulary acquisition and to describe how students perceive their vocabulary acquisition through spelling ability. This study used a quantitative method approach combined into an experimental group and a control group. Participants of this study involved 96 students (VIIIa1 – VIIIa4) of MTs DDI Takkalasi. The instruments used in this study were pre-test, post-test, and questionnaires. Data were analyzed using a formula and a Likert scale. The results of the study revealed that the application of spelling abilities in learning vocabulary can improve students' understanding significantly. This can be seen from the post-test average score of the students in the experimental class increased higher than the pre-test average score and the average score of students in the control class. The average score obtained in the experimental class at the pre-test was 83.40 in class VIIIa1 and 74.1 in class VIIIa2. While the average score obtained in the post-test was 93.88 in class VIIIa1 and 83.22 in class VIIIa2 which was higher in the pre-test score. Learning vocabulary using spelling bee was responded with agree by students in class VIIIa1 and responded neutrally by students in class VIIIa2. Spelling bee was applied effectively in learning and mastering vocabulary in class VIIIa1 and class VIIIa2. Therefore, learning vocabulary through spelling bee is very effective for students.
Spelling Bee, English Vocabulary, Experimental Class, Control Class