Imran Trista Udin, Basri Wello, Qashas Rahman, Sharyn Graham Davis
Abstract: The objectives of this research were to find out how is the Critical Thinking improve the Students’ Speaking Skill of the eleventh grade students of Tourism Department at SMK Negeri 4 Makassar. This research applied a pre-experimental with pre-test and post-test design. The population was the eleventh grade students of Tourism Department at SMK Negeri 4 Makassar, in 2017/2018 academic year. The population consisted of 49 students where the sample was taken by using purposive sampling technique. The research data were collected by pre-test and post-test on speaking test and analyzed by using SPSS 25.0 version to see the significant difference between pre-test and post-test. The results of the research were the application of Critical Thinking significantly improved the students’ speaking skill which covers accuracy, fluency, and comprehensibility. The researcher concluded that Critical Thinking technique can be the alternative choice for teaching English at SMK (vocational school) where the English language teaching process is demanded to teach communicatively and functionally, so the SMK’s students possess English competencies which are relevant to the job opportunities both in Indonesia and global setting.
Keywords: critical thinking, speaking skill