Group discussion as a means of eliciting students' comprehension of reading passages

Retnowati, Nila (1996) Group discussion as a means of eliciting students' comprehension of reading passages. Undergraduate thesis, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya.


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Reading is very important for one's academic life and it is also a cheap form of entertaintment. Without the skills of reading, the transfer of information would purely rely on one's hearing ability. As such, the ability to read well is the basis for the success of one's school and any future life. Obviously, learning to read, must be emphasized from the earlier stages of one's schooling. The fact of the matter is, most students still find difficulties in comprehending reading passages. They ever consider reading as a boring subject. There have been some constraints in the teaching-learning of the reading skills. These constraints are found mainly in the students' ability to comprehend the reading passages and the teachers' techniques in teaching the reading skills. As a result, the students are not satisfied with their efforts to comprehend English passages. Based on the above mentioned reasons, the writer suggests teachers use group discussion as one of the techniques in teaching reading in classrooms. She hopes that the English teachers will make use of the information suggested here to help their students better comprehend reading passages. To be successful in using this technique, the teachers should concentrate on the types of group discussion and the design and content of group tasks. The types of group that the writer suggests here are work and problem solving because with them every student is active. Besides, the tasks for discussion should be kept simple and should contain interesting matters. Moreover, the teacher should be sure that the students are not afraid to talk and to make language errors. They should be made to learn from one another's mistakes and help out with a needed word. The procedures of carrying out the group discussion in the classroom are, among others: preparation, presentation, and evaluation. The preparation consists of finding suitable materials, arranging the time limit, dividing the students into groups, choosing the group leader, and giving clear instructions. The presentation consists of the teaching learning activities in the classroom. The evaluation here consists of assessing and fastering the student's understanding of the given passages This group discussion as a technique is one of the teacher's efforts to make his teaching more useful because it will give variation in the teaching of reading in the classroom. By using this technique, the teacher helps increase the students' ability to comprehend reading texts. Since the ideas presented here are mostly speculative, the writer suggests that experimental studies be done to see how effective this technique is in teaching of reading in the classroom.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Department: ["eprint_fieldopt_department_Faculty of Teacher Training and Education" not defined]
Subjects: English Education
Divisions: Faculty of Teacher Training and Education > English Education Study Program
Depositing User: EK Lengkonosari PN
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2016 06:14
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2016 06:14

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