Developing computer-based instructional reading materials for SMA students

Widjaja, Y. Juliana Febrita (2007) Developing computer-based instructional reading materials for SMA students. Masters thesis, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya.


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The ability to read with understanding is an essential skill in modern society. Reading plays an important role in life. It makes people contact with the enormous amount of experience that has become essential to the understanding of the complex civilization of the modern society which demands that individuals know how to read. In the process of teaching reading, evaluation plays an important role. It is used to assess the achievement level of the students during the process of their learning the reading materials. Evaluation may range from an observational judgment about the students' understanding of what is being taught to a battery of test questions to determine whether the students can advance to the next grade. Successful language instruction must be carefully planned and implemented by qualified teachers. As long as the students' competency is concerned, computers have apparently provided facilities by which the students can improve their language skills. Computers are used to provide tutorials, drills, simulations, tests, and games. As a tutor, computers are utilized to provide language lessons. As a tool, however, they are used to assist learners to work on learning the language, and to find authentic learning resources. In this current research, the writer wants to get some evidences whether (1) SMA students are not motivated to read English passages because of monotonous strategy in presenting reading materials, (2) SMA students have their own pace in comprehending the reading materials so that the instructions need to be planned for individualized reading instructional materials, (3) SMA students are much more interested in reading English passages through the use of computers, and (4) SMA students get difficulties in mastering reading skills such as identifying main idea, finding out the meaning of unfamiliar words, locating specific information, and getting the answer to referential questions. In obtaining information and formulating the answers, the writer did some steps (1) she obtained data from the expert on material development design, and from the input and suggestion of the experts before she designed software for reading instructional materials, (2) she distributed questionnaires to for SMA English teachers and students, (3) she interviewed SMA English teachers and students about their interest in the software she had designed. From her observation and interview, she found out that most of SMA students were interested in using the software in learning reading comprehension; the SMA students could apply provided tutorials to do their reading tasks, and SMA English teachers agreed that this designed software was helpful and could motivate their students in learning reading comprehension, and their students could learn reading comprehension according to their own pace as well.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Department: ["eprint_fieldopt_department_Graduate School" not defined]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computer-based, self learning, instructional material development
Subjects: English Education
Divisions: Graduate School > Master Program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Depositing User: Sri Kusuma Dewi
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2016 10:16
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2016 10:16

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