THE COMPARISON OF LANGUAGE SKILLS BETWEEN MALE AND FEMALE STUDENTS OF AL ABIDIN INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THROUGH STORYTELLING
This research discusses students’ language acquisition in the fifth grade of elementary school. The objective of this research is to reveal their language competence. This research shows between male and female students’ language skills through retelling stories in Indonesian. The aspects used in this research are grammatical cohesion analysis. The grammatical aspects include reference, substitution, ellipsis, and conjunction. Data were taken through controlled cross-sectional observation research. The data were analyzed using a comparative descriptive method that compares male and female students’ language in compiling sentences and clauses and to compare their grammatical errors. The finding showed that female students in the Fifth grade of Al Abidin International Islamic Elementary School of Surakarta were more skilled than male students in using Indonesian. Male students made more mistakes in the grammatical cohesion aspects. The errors are dominated by the use of reference aspects. Female students made the sentences using more varied that males did.
Key Words: Language Acquisition, Language Comparison, Male and Female Students