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Action Research

Proposal
Title:
The Use of Comic Strips in
Teaching Spelling

The importance of my
research
To

fulfill the need of my study


To improve my students performance in
LINUS test.
To provide my students with meaningful
and fun learning.
To develop my teaching proficiency.

Statement of problem
Based

on the 1st LINUS test, I found that


some of my students did not perform very
well.
10 out of 29 students did not get good grade.
They only managed to do well in contruct 1-3.
They could not spell simple words with 3
phonemes; such as man, net, sad, mad,
bin,..etc.

Context of research
10

pupils from Year 1 X in SK Tanjug Aru

II.
Aged rank from 6 7
They come from various type of family
background.
Half of them have very good exposure to
English since their early age.
Their learning performance is average.

Initial Study
I

identified my students problem and review


my past teaching and learning experience
with the particular class.
I find that their problem is on spelling. Due to
this, they are not able to write words
correctly.
I started the Literature review.
Reading and surfing the internet to find what
other researchers and experts said about this
kind of problem.

What did I find ??


From

the reading and internet surfing, as


well as discussion with my supervisor;
Here comes the idea of;
using comic strips in the teaching of
spelling.
using comic strips to improve the
students performance in writing.

Sample of comic strips

Why using comic ??


Fun
Interesting
Familiar

thing

Attractive

Research Focus
My research will be focusing on how to
improve pupils spelling in English. This
research should be carried out as stated by
Allwright, R. L.(1990) The role of teachers
is to help learners to learn. Teachers have
to follow the curriculum and provide ,
make, or choose materials and also
monitor the progress and needs of the
students and finally evaluate students.

Why spelling ??
It

is the early stage of teaching and


learning writing.
In line with the learning standard which is
stated in the KSSR standard document.
By the end of the 6 year primary
schooling, pupils will be able to write
using appropriate language , form and
style for a range of purposes. (Modul
Teras Asas: Bahasa Inggeris SK . 2011).

Research Objectives
Research

Objectives:
1. to use comic strips to improve pupils
spelling so that they will be able to write
simple words.
2. to use comic strips to write simple
sentences so that they will be able to
write simple
sentences with 3 5
words.

Research Questions
1) How

can the use of comic strips help


improve pupils spelling.

2) How

can the use of comic strips help


pupils to write simple sentences

Recommended Action
I

will investigate on how to solve spelling


problem to the target participants. In order to
implement the action plan, I will follow the
research process which is adapted from Lewin
(1946) and Kemmis and Mc Taggart (1988).

Action Research Implementation Plan

Data Collection
Observation

- the pupils behaviour, reaction,


feedback..etc (hearing and watching)
Pupils work
Journal entry
Mentor observation

Data Analysis Method

Analyze
Interpretation
Observation
Triangulation

Report Writing

Will

be done next year - March


After implementing all the research plans.

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Allwright,

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3Joshi,

R., Treiman, R., Carreker, S., & Moats, L.. (2008-2009, Winter). The real magic of spelling: Improving
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