1.1. Background of the Study
Writing is one of the four skills beside listening, speaking and reading. Writing is a process of communication. It is very important for anyone to know how to write correctly to send the information to someone. Among writing, reading, speaking and listening, writing is the most complex aspect but it is a crucial skill for students to learn. Students who have the ability and competency in writing English will be able to express themselves effectively. Moreover, they will have more privilege when applying for the job. The reality we often see is that, in fact, many elementary students master the theory better than practice. For example, “they may have the knowledge how to speak, but they find difficulties how to write the word that is spoken by them” (Calkins,2008). They lack of practice, they only see the dictionary to know the meaning of the word and how to tell it rather than remember how to spell and write the word. To build their consciousness of the important to know how the word should be written There are some problems in writing subject which are :
* Lack of Vocabulary
Students have vocabulary problem because they rarely looking for the word by using the dictionary and knowing how the word is should be written. * Different of the pronunciation.
There is a big different between English language and Indonesian Language in the pronunciation, the Indonesian Language which is the main language that used by the students have a different pronunciation with English language for the alphabet and words for example word “U” in Indonesian language the pronunciation still “U” like rumah for house and luka for scar but in English language “U” pronunciation become an “A” in Indonesian language for example sun and jump words. * The method of Learning.
The 8th grade students don’t like the English subject because they could not find any fun when they learn it “They have a great potential creativity and a passionate commitment to things that interest them (Harmer,2001), this should be the problem of the teacher to find the effective way to teach the English language that make the students interesting in this study. I want to discuss one of the many problems connected with English learning. The problems may appear when the class consists of a big number of students. The noisy class does not only disturb the students who really want to study, but also influence the students’ concentration to the subject given in class. The condition like this can make the students feel bored and do not like to study. If this condition continues they will feel very bored and not interested in studying English. In this case the teacher’s role is very important, that is to encourage them to study better. Generally, comics is loved by the students because they like stories. It is also an appropriate method for the students at their age. In order to make the students more interesting, good media are needed. The term ‘media’ is defined by Brown: J. W, Richard B. L, Fred F: H (2006) as tools or the physical things used by a teacher to facilitate the instruction. According to Gerlach and Elly (2004), “to select the appropriate media, the teacher must consider the characteristics of the students, which directly related to the learning process such as verbal abilities, visual and audio perception skills”. Moreover (Gerlach and Elly :1980) said other factors which also ought to be considered in media selection come from our instructional system model, that is, the organization of groups, the time available and the space in which the media will be used. Comic is one of the media to teach writing. Comic is an art form using a series of static images in fixed sequence. Using English comics as a means for teaching writing can be very pleased and interesting to the students. By using English comics students will be more interested and more active in learning. They will feel something new...