Correlation between students’ L1 frequency use and their L2 speaking ability scores

Novita Sari, Hesty Widiastuty


The purpose of this study was to find out the correlation between students’ L1 frequency use and their L2 speaking ability scores in speaking class. The researcher took a class of 3th-semester students of English department at IAIN Palangka Raya of 2016/2017 year. The researcher used correlation design with quantitative approach. For the instrument, the researcher used the questionnaire and students’ speaking test. The researcher used inter-rater reliability to measure the reliability of the test instrument with the speaking lecturer as the second rater. In measuring the correlation, the researcher took a theory of Pearson Product Moment which calculated by SPSS program. The finding of this research showed the result of r calculation for students’ L1 frequency use and their speaking test is -.220. Based on the table of interpretation of r value, the result of r calculated (-.220). This value shows that there is a negative correlation. From the significance (2 tailed), the researcher gets the score .301. It means r>0.05 which showed Ho cannot be rejected. The result explained that there is no correlation between two variables, students’ L1 frequency use and their L2 speaking ability scores of 3th semester students of English Department at IAIN Palangka Raya.


L1; L1 frequency use; L2; speaking ability

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