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The Relationship Between Interest in Learning English and The Result of English Summative Test of The Second Grade Students

Januari 10, 2010

The ultimate of purpose of the research is explaining the relationship between Interest in Learning English as an independent variable (X) and the Result of English Summative Test as a dependent variable (Y), and the relationship is formulated in a hypothesis: “Students’ interest is related to their score of English Summative Test positively”
The Interest is measured through four indicators, such as: level of attention; level of preference; level of self confidence and level of improvement activities in English, whereas the Result of Summative English Test was available.
In conclusion from the analysis by linear regression indicated that the hypothesis is accepted. And how the Interest influence to the Result of English Summative Test is explained through the equation of regression: Y = 2,30 + 0,71 X. It means: if the Interest is increasing one (1) score, the score of Summative English Test Interest is increasing 0,71. So, very important for school as an institution of education to create conditions that can raise students’ interest in English, very important for English teacher to develop students’ interest through creativity in application of learning methods too, beside to increase their English proficiency through training or advanced course.

In education, interest is very important. Effendi and Praja (1989) say that learning with interest is better than without any interest. Interest occurs when people are interested in something as it is compatible with their needs or because they feel that what they learn is important for them. In other words, if students are interested in learning English they will study it easily and seriously. By this way, their ability will be likely to increase. In contrary, if they are not interested, they will get difficulty in learning a language. Thus, the success of learning English, less or more is affected by interest. If we can argue that interest may be as determinant factor of performance variance that cannot be explained by ability variables, we can state that interest affecting to the result of English summative test as reflection of their English performance.
Tim Penulis Depdikbud (1980) formulates a boundary of interest and its importance in teaching learning process. They said that interest influences the process of learning result, when a person is not interested in learning something, the result cannot be expected to be well successful. It is assumed that the student with great interest in learning English will be more successful, and the result will be maximal than the student with little or no interest at all.
Writer would like to test the relationship between interest and English Summative Test as the argument above. In other words, writer try to answer a question – what can be said about a student’s result of English summative test in relation to his interest in learning English ? In this case, object of research is the fourth semester students of the senior high school, specifically is SMU 8 Samarinda. That’s why, writer choose the title of research as following: “The Relationship Between Interest in Learning English and The Result of English Summative Test of The Second Grade Students of SMU 8 Samarinda in 2003/2004 Academic Year.

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