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Royanti. 2007. The Use of English Comics to Improve Students' Ability in Story
Retelling (The Case of the 8th Year Students of SMP N 1 Bojong Pekalongan in
the Academic Year of 2006/2007). Final Project. English Department. Languages
and Arts Faculty. Semarang State University. First Adviser: Dra. Issy Yuliasri, M
Pd. Second Adviser: Dwi Anggara Asianti, S S., M Pd.
Key Words: English Comics, Story Retelling
This study was conducted under the considerations that eight year
students of SMP need media in teaching-learning process. One of them is English
comics in teaching story retelling.

In this final project, the objectives of the study was to find out whether
there is any significant difference in the improvement of students’ mastery in
story retelling using comics and without using comics and to identify the
effectiveness of English comics as a medium of teaching story retelling.
To achieve the objectives of the study, the writer conducted an
experimental quantitative research. The experiment was held through pretestposttest
equivalent group design. The population of the study was the Eight Year
Students of SMP N 1 Bojong, Pekalongan. The total number of sample in this
study was 40 students. The data were collected through speaking test and
In solving the problems, the writer carried out an experimental study using
statistical method called t-test. The writer used two groups: experiment group and
control group. In the control group the writer used written text story, while in the
experiment group, the writer used English comics.
The computation result of t-test was 4.616. the critical value of t was 2.02
for α = 5% and df = 38. Because t value was higher than the critical valueof t
(4.616>2.02), it could be concluded that there was significant difference in the
achievement between the students who were taught using comics and students
who were taught without comics. From the polygon frequency, it could be
concluded that English comics was an effectivective medium of teaching story
Referring to the experience in conducting thios research, the writer offer
suggestion to the teacher to improve the students' ability in story retelling in order
to get better result. The use of comics should be maintained frequently and
recommended to English teachers, especially to teach Junior High School students
in order to attract their motivation in learning English to be more fun.
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