TEACHING LISTENING COMPREHENSION TO THE FOURTH GRADERS OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS BY USING THE TOTAL PHYSICAL RESPONSE METHOD


ABSRACT
SDN Jinggotan Kembang Jepara lies on east part of Jepara. It starts
teaching English at the fourth grade as the elementary curriculum suggested. At
the academic year of 2004/2005 it had twenty six students and they took part in
this study.
The study is aimed to know: (1) the extent of students’ understanding
towards teaching and learning listening comprehension material by using the total
physical response and (2) The students attitude towards teaching and learning
process.

This is a descriptive study with pre-experimental research by using oneshot
case study. The data were gathered by conducting a test, and analyzed based
on descriptive statistical analysis.
Based on the results of the study, it was clearly shown that The Total
Physical Response (TPR) is very useful to teach listening comprehension to the
fourth graders. Most of the students got satisfactory results. In addition, The Total
Physical Response Method has another benefit. Children were playing while they
were studying.
In teaching and learning process, teachers should give comprehensible
input in order to make their students grasp the material given. More important
than that, teachers should avoid a barrier that may prevent their students from
learning and it can be high anxiety or low motivation. An enjoyable method is
needed accordingly.
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