THE EFFECTIVENESS OF USING TOP-DOWN STRATEGY TO IMPROVE THE STUDENTSâ€™ LISTENING SKILL
Keywords:effectiveness, top down strategy, listening
This study is to find out wheather using Top Down strategy is effective for teaching listening or not. The design of this study is an experimental study. The population of this study is the eighth grade students of SMP Maâ€™arif NU I Bumiayu, Brebes regency in the academic year 2014/2015. The number of the subjects is 60 students. The samples of the study are class VIIIA as experimental class which consists of 32 students and class VIII B as control class which consists of 28 students. The writer uses tests (pre and post-test) in collecting the data. The data is analyzed by using SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Science) 16 program. It shows that in Independent Samples Test between control and experimental class score sig is 0.948 (more than 0.05). It means that both of classes have same variant. It can be seen from comparing the means both of the classes; it finds that the mean of experimental class 68.5 is higher than control class 67.5. Then the result of the mean of post-test of experimental class 76.4 is higher than pre-test 71.3. For that reason, it can be concluded that Top Down strategy is effective for teaching listening on the eighth grade students of SMP Maâ€™arif NU I Bumiayu in the academic year 2014/2015.