The readability of the "100 passages"

Meliana, Lidya (1999) The readability of the "100 passages". Undergraduate thesis, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya.

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Abstract

One of the most important skills in English is reading since it is one of the ways to obtain knowledge and everyone from children to adult needs to read in order to keep on enriching their knowledge. Teaching reading, however, is not quite simple for the teacher has to be able to match the students' level to the readability level of the students. Only when the students are consistently successful in comprehending the language, they will achieve something from the text. This study is meant to analyze the “100 Passages" which is used as the materials for Reading V students of English Department of Widya Mandala University. Many students find the materials too difficult for them. To be able to prove it, the writer conducts a study on it. In this study, three cloze procedures deviced to examine the readability of the materials in terms of vocabulary and structure. Another instrument is a questionnaire which is used to get the total score of the students' readability level in terms of personal interest and background knowledge. The readability level of the materials in term of illustrations is determined by using direct analysis. The analysis in terms of vocabulary and structure, personal interest, and background knowledge, the 100 Passages" is moderately readable for the students of Reading V students. This means that the materials can be used with only a little informational gain although outside assistance is provided. But for the readability of the materials in term of illustrations, it turns out that the materials are lowly readable for there are no illustrations available to help the students understand the materials. This means that the materials are not match to the students' level of ability in the target language, so the students cannot comprehend or obtain any information from materials. From the result of this study, it can be concluded that the reading materials in the “100 Passages" are, in general, moderately readable for the Reading V students of English Department of Widya Mandala University. This means that the reading materials in the “100 Passages" can be used with only a little informational gain although outside assistance is provided. Based on the findings some suggestions are put forth. It is hoped that the teachers of reading can find a more suitable materials for the reading class so that the students can learn better. If it is not possible to change the textbook, it is suggested that the teachers teaching Reading V should be the ones who have enough experiences in teaching reading. Also it is hoped that this study will encourage further study in the same field of study.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Department: ["eprint_fieldopt_department_Faculty of Teacher Training and Education" not defined]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Readability, reading materials, vocabulary, structure
Subjects: English Education
Divisions: Faculty of Teacher Training and Education > English Education Study Program
Depositing User: Users 14 not found.
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2016 06:03
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2016 06:03
URI: http://repository.wima.ac.id/id/eprint/7072

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