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This study focused on students’ strategies in overcoming speaking problems at speaking class at first semester students at English Department, at University of Muhammadiyah Malang. Consequently, the purpose of study was to know what the problems of learning speaking are and to know what the strategies to cope such problems are. The research design of this study was descriptive quantitative research. All data were obtained through questionnaire and then analyzed descriptively after being classified into related aspect. The population of this study was the first semester students of Muhamadiyah University of Malang. There were nine classes of speaking I and the researcher took two classes as sample of this study. The result of this study showed that the students had problems with their speaking ability, particularly in term of inhibition, nothing to say, low or uneven participation, and mother tongue used. It was because they did not master the three primary elements of speaking namely, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. As a result, many students’ speaking ability was not really good. Furthermore, the result of this study also revealed the strategies used by students to cope with the problems. The problem of inhibition was solved by increasing their English by speaking English out of class with their friends. When the students had nothing to say, they were drilled to be more active and confident in speaking in class and tried to understand about the difficult topic. The problem of low or uneven participation was solved by preparing the material at home. The problem of mother tongue used was solved by practicing their English not only on English Day but they usually spoke English with their friends everyday. To cope with the problem related to speech act, they joined some English clubs in campus and also practiced it everyday by speaking with their friends. They also often listened to native speaker conversation. To cope the problem related to pronounciation, they tried to pronounce a new word everyday and often asked and answered questions in class. To cope the problem related to grammar, they studied hard about tenses in order to make their speaking better. To cope the problem related to vocabulary, they memorized the vocabulary and often used dictionary if they found new difficult word. In order to cope the problem related to oral communication, they often listened to the western song and also watched western movies in English as a language. They also tried to speak with native speaker. Keywords: (Students’ strategies, overcoming, speaking problem, speaking)

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Teacher Training and Education > Department of English Language Education (88203)
Depositing User: Anggit Aldila
Date Deposited: 14 May 2012 06:55
Last Modified: 14 May 2012 06:55

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