VERBA: Journal of English Language Issues, Trends and Studies <p>VERBA: Journal of English Language Issues, Trends and Studies is a journal published by the English Education Department, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Islam Makassar. This journal aims to publish and disseminate the results of research and studies on English. The published Articles are the results of research or thought in the field of English studies conducted by researchers, teachers, and education practitioners. This journal publishes three times a year in January, May, and September. </p> <p><strong><a href="">E-ISSN 2962-8652</a></strong></p> English Education Department, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Islam Makassar en-US VERBA: Journal of English Language Issues, Trends and Studies 2962-8652 THE EFFECTIVENESS OF RECIPROCAL TEACHING STRATEGIS IN IMPROVING THE SPEAKING SKILLS <p>The purpose of this research is to find out whether reciprocal teaching is effective in improving the speaking skills of class VIII students of SMPN. 3 Mamuju. This study used Classroom Action Research methods which were carried out in 2 cycles, each cycle consisting of 4 stages, namely Planning, Action, Observation and Reflection. The subject of this research was students of SMPN 3 Mamuju class VIII-b, which consisted of 20 students. This research is useful for learning to speak, especially the discussion process so that it can be useful for obtaining input and efforts to improve students' speaking skills. The result of this research found that&nbsp; In cycle I, 7 out of 20 students (35%) which categories as law, got score more that 72 as Minimum Completeness Criteria (KKM). 18 out of 20 students (90.00%) which categories as success passed value of Minimum Completeness Criteria (KKM). This is proved by their participation in conversations and discussions, performance in front of the class, Pronunciation, Fluency, and confidence in Speaking. Moreover, the students were active and participated in the speaking teaching-learning process. Therefore it can be concluded that that the Reciprocal Teaching Strategy is effective in improving and maintaining students' speaking skills.</p> Aulia Nur Kirani Muhammad Chairil Imran Jusmaniar N Copyright (c) 2024 Aulia Nur Kirani, Muhammad Chairil Imran , Jusmaniar N 2024-01-01 2024-01-01 2 1 9 14 THE ANALYSIS OF SLANG WORD FOUND IN OME TV <p>The reason why analyze the topic of slang is important, because from it we can know the way how communicate either formal and informal, it also identify, peoples, culture, habbit, profes, and life of people in community, by learning slang language we know when we can use formal language and informal language. The researcher attempts to find the processes of word formation and finally used it in human’s life conversation. Besides, choice of slang provides clues to someone’s personal. By understanding the function of slang, people can selected and used the slang words based on the situation and condition when they conduct conversation with others. The design of this research is descriptive qualitative research. The research object in this research was an online chat platform known as OME TV, then researchers analyzed the slang words spoken by other OME TV user with conversation carried out naturally like a normal conversation, and then will reflect on the words of the OME TV user using slang words. After analyzing the findings, the researcher would like to conclude them. In this subchapter, the researcher investigates the slang terms used in OME TV users.As the researcher has proposed the characteristic of slang in the theoretical framework and research findings, the researcher finds there are five types of slang employed by the OME TV users. They are fresh and creative, flippant, imitative, acronym, and clipping. The percentage of fresh and creative is 36.00%, flippant type: 15.00%, imitative type: 21.00%, acronym type: 10,52%, and clipping type: 15.00%. The occurrence of fresh and creative type dominated the slang type used by OME TV users, meanwhile, acronym type is the fewest slang characteristic. This slang characteristic is harder to create compared to the other characteristic.</p> Nur Aulia Firman Rizka Indahyanti Jusmaniar N Copyright (c) 2024 Nur Aulia Firman, Rizka Indahyanti, Jusmaniar N 2024-01-01 2024-01-01 2 1 32 38 GUESSING GAME TECHNIQUE IN IMPROVING ENGLISH VOCABULARY MASTERY <p>The objective of the research is to explere the guessing game in English vocabulary mastery and to Find Out whether the Use of Guessing Game Techniques is Effective or Not to Improve the English Vocabulary Mastery of the seventh-grade students at SMPN 2 Tual. This research used Classroom Action Research by implementing the Kemmis and MC Taggart design which were consisted of&nbsp; in two cycles. Each cycle consisted of planning, action, observation, and reflection. The object of this research was 54 students in the seventh grade in SMP N 2 Tual,&nbsp; in the Academic Year 2023. The research instrument was a&nbsp; vocabulary test 20 questions multiple choice. The result of this research shows that there was a diffirent improvement in the students' vocabulary mastery in cycle I and&nbsp; cycle II. The student's average score increased significantly. In cycle 1 the students' average score was 72.22&nbsp; and in cycle 2 it was 89.53. Meaning that the average score obtained by students in the first and second cycle tests is good effective in improving English vocabulary mastery using guessing game technique.</p> Elvi Tamdang Rizka Indahyanti Sitti Nurjannah Copyright (c) 2024 Elvi Tamdang, Rizka Indahyanti, Sitti Nurjannah 2024-01-01 2024-01-01 2 1 15 23 POP-UP BOOK METHOD IN TEACHING READING SKILLS <p>The aim of this research present at determining; 1) the use of pop-up books improve students’s reading skills. 2) the students’ interests in using the pop-up book for reading skills. The subjects of this study were the students of the seventh-grade SMP Laniang Makassar totaling 15 students. The research used a pre-exprimental research design with a one group pre-test and post-test design and used two instruments. The tests carried out included pre-test,&nbsp; post-test and questionnaire. Data were collected through tests.. Based the result of the data after obtaining test scores and processed using the T-test formula in SPSS version 25. The results of this study were the average score of reading skill obtained by students sthrough the pre-test was 38.00 and post-test was 74.00 with sig (2-tailed) value is 0.00 &lt; 0.05. Thos shows that Ho is rejected and Ha is accepted. So that, teaching reading skills using Pop-Up Book could improve reading skill students.</p> Khofifah Ade Saputri Muthmainnah Mursidin Sulviana Sulviana Copyright (c) 2024 Khofifah Ade Saputri, Muthmainnah Mursidin, Sulviana Sulviana 2024-01-01 2024-01-01 2 1 1 8 IMPROVING STUDENTS’ VOCABULARY MASTERY THROUGH IDIOMATIC EXPRESSION IN COMIC STRIPS <p>The objective of this research was to determine whether the use of idiomatic expressions in comic strips increased the mastery in eighth class of SMP Negeri 11 Huamual and to determine whether the used of idiomatic expressions in comic strips increased the motivation in eighth class of SMP Negeri 11 Huamual. This research used a quasi-experimental design involving two class groups. The population of this research used in eighth class students of SMP Negeri 11 Huamual which found 56 students. The sample of this research used students of class VIIIA which consisted of 28 students as the experimental class and 28 students of class VIIIB as the control class. The research instrument is a vocabulary test and questionnaire. The results of the research on the vocabulary test showed that there was a significant difference between the post-test of the experimental class and the control class. The average post-test value of the experimental class is 75.21, greater than the post-test value of the control class, which is 67.35, meaning that the average value obtained is a good qualification. Students' interest in understanding vocabulary increased through idiomatic expressions in comic strips using a Likert Scale.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sitty Sulastri Waliulu Muhammad Chairil Imran Sulviana Sulviana Copyright (c) 2024 Sitty Sulastri Waliulu, Muhammad Chairil Imran, Sulviana Sulviana 2024-01-01 2024-01-01 2 1 24 31