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IMPROVING STUDENTS’ READING ABILITY BY USING PRINTED MASS MEDIA ( A Classroom Action Research)

IMPROVING STUDENTS’ READING ABILITY BY USING PRINTED MASS MEDIA ( A Classroom Action Research)
CHAPTER  I
INTRODUCTION
A.  Background of the Study
English  as  a  foreign  language  in  Indonesia  plays  an  important  role  in many  aspects  of  life  like  education,  economy,  international  relationship, technology,  etc.  Consequently,  the  teaching  of  English  becames  an  International enterprise. The widespread need for English as second or foreign language needs a considerable pressure on the educational resources of  many countries. Related to the  problems  in  teaching  English,  Indonesia  introduces  English  since  in elementary  school  as  a  local  content,  to  give  English  to  children  as  early  as possible  in  order  to  prepare  them  in  covering  the  globalization  era.  English becomes  a  compulsory  subject  in  Junior  High  School,  Senior  High  School  and University.
In English, there are four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The  students  are  expected  to  have  ability  in  those  language  skills,  which  cover receptive  and  productive  language  use.  Teaching
  English  is  not  easy,  English teachers should not only master the language, but they should also be able to make their students learn.
Reading, one of language skills, should be mastered well by the students because  reading  is  an  essential  factor  that  influences  one’s  activity  in communication. Reading is regarded as a decoding skill, that is, interpreting codes into ideas. People consider reading as an important activity, so that people usually say  that  reading  is  the  window  of  the  world.  By  reading,  people  can  get ?????



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