Improving Students’ Vocabulary Achievement through Semantic Mapping Technique at the First Grade of SMPN 1 Watubangga.
The objective of this research was to describe the iprovement of students’ vocabulary achievement through semantic mapping technique in each cycle at the first grade of SMPN 1 Watubangga.
The design of this research was Collaborative Classroom Action Research (CAR) which was applied in order to improve te quality of learnig. It meant that in conducting this research, researcher acted as a teacher and the English teacher acted as an obsever. The subject of this research was first grade of students B class at SMPN 1 Watubangga, total of the students in this class was 24 students. The procedures of conducting this research were preliminary research, planning, implementing, observing, analyzing and reflecting.
The result of this research showed that semantic mapping technique could improve the students’ vocabulary achievement at the first grade students of SMPN 1 Watubangga. The data of this research was obtained from the result of vocabulary test and observation sheets. The improvement could be seen from the
first cycle of the students’ average score of the students’ vocabulary achievement. In this first cycle the average score of students’ achievement was 67,04, there were 13 of 24 students (54,16%) achieved the criteria of success. This score improved became 81.83 in the second cycle, there were 22 of 24 students (91,66%) achieved the criteria of success. Furthermore the students was actively involved in learning process. It could be seen from the result of analysis observation sheets. The average score in the first cycle 43,9, it was unsatisfied so improved in the second cycle become 62,4, it was categorized good. Finally, it was concluded that the implementation of semantic mapping technique as one of alternative that could improved the students’ achievement in teaching and learning process.
Keywords: Vocabulary, Semantic Mapping Technique, and Classroom