A STUDY ON THE FOURTH SEMESTER STUDENTS’ ABILITY IN USING SIMPLE PRESENT TENSE IN WRITING DESCRIPTIVE PARAGRAPH OF ENGLISH DEPARTMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MUHAMMADIYAH MALANG

EKI ARIANTI, POPPY (2008) A STUDY ON THE FOURTH SEMESTER STUDENTS’ ABILITY IN USING SIMPLE PRESENT TENSE IN WRITING DESCRIPTIVE PARAGRAPH OF ENGLISH DEPARTMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MUHAMMADIYAH MALANG. Other thesis, University of Muhammadiyah Malang.

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Abstract

Writing is an essential tool for communication. Furthermore, it becomes a vital means not only to convey information, but also to transform knowledge to create new knowledge. Among the four basic skills, writing is the most complicated one and it has different types. Descriptive is one of the types of writing and is a useful tool in many types of writing. Meanwhile, simple present tense as one of the verb tenses is appropriate to use in writing descriptive paragraph. This study aimed to know the fourth semester students’ ability and the students’ problems in using simple present tense in writing descriptive paragraph of English Department at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang. This study used qualitative research and the researcher described the students’ ability and the student’s problems in using simple present tense in writing descriptive paragraph. The fourth semester students were divided into eight classes; A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H and the total of the students are 186. The researcher took the students as a sample by using cluster sampling that fell on class G consisting of 23 students. The instrument used in this study was the students’ free composition test, the students’ final scores were found by calculated the average of each students’ scores given by the two raters. Based on the data analysis, it can be concluded that the students’ ability in using simple present tense in writing descriptive paragraph was fair (17) and the students had several problems. Those are; most of the students did not ass –s/-es to infinitive for the third person singular forms, few students over -added be in the third person singular rule, some students made mistakes in using be or verb for plural rule, some students forgot be as a copular function, in frequency adverb, few students used verb in the wrong way, few students made mistakes for passive form, some students added be and left –s/-es in the third person singular rule, few students misplaced be in negative form. In addition, some students have described a person, a place, or an object adequately in detail. However, the other students did not make a successful descriptive paragraph.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Teacher Training and Education > Department of English
Depositing User: Anggit Aldila
Date Deposited: 02 May 2012 03:59
Last Modified: 02 May 2012 03:59
URI: http://eprints.umm.ac.id/id/eprint/3807

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