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USING MEMORY GAME TO ENHANCE YEAR FOUR PUPILS’ PERFORMANCE IN SUBJECT VERB AGREEMENT

YAP SZE MIIN

DR. CHIAM SUN MAY

PISMP TESL AMB JAN 2014

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ABSTRACT

This research was conducted to enhance the usage of Subject Verb Agreement (SVA) among eight Year Four pupils in a rural school in Tuaran, Sabah. The research participants comprised eight Year Four pupils, five boys and three girls. The pupils experienced problems in learning grammar especially SVA due to the influence of their first language which is Malay Language. This study aimed to investigate the correct usage of SVA among Year Four pupils as well as to investigate how Memory Game could enhance the usage of SVA among eight Year four pupils. In this research, McNiff and Whitehead’s Action Research Model was adapted. Only one cycle was used and three lessons were carried out. Data was collected through field notes, worksheets and interview transcripts. The data was analysed qualitatively. The research showed that the correct usage of SVA had enhanced through frequent exposure of SVA and incorporation of fun elements in learning. The research showed that the use of Memory Game had helped to improve the pupils’ usage of SVA. Firstly, the Memory Game had increase pupils’ motivation and confidence through fun elements of the game. Secondly, the Memory Game had increased the understanding of pupils in applying the usage of SVA. Suggestions for further research include using different rules of SVA such as SVA for collective nouns and SVA for indefinite pronouns to further enhance pupils’ usage of SVA.