Send Kids to the World: A Study on Using Postcards to Improve Students’ Writing Skills

Abstract

English Learning and Teaching (ELT) deals with four language skills, i.e., reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Of all these skills, writing is often considered as the most difficult one (Widiati & Cahyono, 2006). Mukminatien (2003) finds that many problems arise with regard to the development of productive skills, especially in the area of writing as it involves the process of composing message, thinking of the language to use, taking care of the diction, managing textual organization, and using mechanics. This research was conducted to improve the skill of the eightgraders in writing recount texts through the use of postcards portraying tourism objects in Malang and other places in East Java and Central Java. The postcards were used as media to write recount texts using Tompkins' process approach(2010). This research employed a Classroom Action Research (CAR) with four steps, i.e., planning, implementing, observing, and reflecting. The findings of this research show that postcards improved the skill in writing recount texts. These media also added fun to the class atmosphere, so the students were encouraged to write.



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Af'idatul Husniyah, University of Edinburgh, UK

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Conference: ACEID2016
Stream: Primary and secondary education

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