DEBATE TECHNIQUE IN TEACHING SPEAKING
This study examined the implementation of debate technique in teaching speaking to the third semester students of IAIN Lhokseumawe. This true experimental research had experimental class and control class consisted of 30 students for each class, and the total of the sample was 60 students. This study obtained the data by conducted tests; pretest, posttest, and questionnaire. To find out the differences between experimental and control groups in term of speaking skill, this study used SPSS 17 to analyze the data, and the percentage formula was used to analyze the students’ responses toward the implementation of debate technique in the experimental group. The results showed the significance value of both the experimental and control group in the post-test was 0.84 or higher than α=0.05. It concluded that there were no any significant differences in term of speaking ability between the students who were taught speaking by using debate technique and those who were not taught speaking by using debate technique (that H0 was accepted and Ha was rejected). Besides, the results of questionnaires revealed that the students gave positive responses related to the use of debate technique in teaching speaking.