A STUDY ON THE ABILITY OF THE THIRD YEAR STUDENTS OF SMAN 2 KUOK IN COMPREHENDING NEWS ITEM TEXTS

Indo Handika, Syofia Delfi, Erni '

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Abstract: This descriptive research was aimed to find out the ability of the third year students of SMAN 2 Kuok in comprehending News Item texts. The research data were collected in November 2016. The subject of this research was class XII IPA which consisted of 20 students. The data were collected by giving a test to the students in the form of multiple choice tests. The test contained 40 items. Based on the research, it was found out that first: the ability of the third year students in comprehending news item texts is in good level with the mean score of 76.00. Second, the students’ mean score in finding the main idea is in excellent level with the mean score of 86.00, finding the factual information in background events is in good level with the mean score of 78.00, finding the factual information in sources is in excellent level with the mean score of 80.00, in finding the meaning of vocabulary is in good level with the mean score of 69.00, in finding references is in good level with the mean score of 64.00, in finding inference is in good level with the mean score of 74.00, in finding social function is in excellent level with the mean score of 90.00. As a conclusion, the highest score obtained by the students is in finding social function with the mean score of 90.00 which is categorized into excellent level, and the lowest score that the students got is in finding reference, with the mean score of 64.00 which is categorized into good level. English teacher may develop the students’ motivation and encourage them to read news from English newspaper as a practice of comprehending news item texts in order to make the students familiar with reading materials. For next researcher, the writer suggests that to conduct other research in this school.

Keywords: Study, Ability, Comprehending, News Item Texts


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