Improving Students’ Writing Skill Using Instagram in Grade X of Science 5 at SMAN 5 Yogyakarta

Irfan Zidny


The aim of this research was to improve the students’ writing skill using Instagram in Grade X of Science 5 at SMAN 5. This was an action research study which involved some steps. Those were reconnaissance, planning, action, observation, and reflection. The subjects were 28 students of Grade X of Science 5 at SMAN 5 Yogyakarta. The research was done in two cycles and obtained the qualitative and quantitative data. The data collection instruments were observation checklists, interview guidelines, and writing tests. The data were in the form of field notes, interview transcripts, observation checklists, and scores. The qualitative data were analyzed by assembling the data, coding the data, comparing the data, building meanings and interpretations, and reporting the outcomes. Then, evaluating students’ writing products using the scoring rubric was done to get the quantitative data. The study showed that the use of Instagram in the teaching and learning process significantly improved the students’ writing skill. The students made a good improvement on the aspects of content, vocabulary, organization, grammar, and mechanics. The social medium worked well to improve their interest, focus, and proficiency in writing. They were more interested in the teaching and learning process and kept focused on the class. They also had more opportunities to practice their skill using the social medium. There were significant improvements in the test scores. In conclusion, the use of Instagram can improve the students’ writing skill significantly.

Keywords: Instagram, writing skill, teaching media

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