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IMPROVING THE STUDENTS’ READING COMPREHENSION THROUGH PREDICTING STRATEGY OF THE TENTH YEAR STUDENTS OF SMA


IMPROVING THE STUDENTS’ READING COMPREHENSION THROUGH PREDICTING STRATEGY OF THE TENTH YEAR STUDENTS OF SMA
CHAPTER I

INTRODUCTION
A.       Background

English as a world language plays an important role in the development of science and technology. Many scientific articles or books in general are written in English. That demands those who are involved in any particular field to be able to understand the English written materials to group information and knowledge. English involve four language skills namely, speaking, listening, writing and reading.
Reading is about understanding written texts. It is a complex activity that involves both perception and thought. Reading consists of two related processes: word recognition and comprehension. Word recognition refers to the process of perceiving how written symbols correspond to one’s spoken language. Comprehension is the process of making sense of words, sentences and connected text. Readers typically make use of background knowledge, vocabulary, grammatical knowledge, experience with text and other strategies to help them understand written text. Much of what we know about reading is based on studies.
Reading as one of the language skill is very important in language teaching and learning process but, it is not easy to do. Those skills must be taught integrated as much as possible. The priority of teaching English in school is reading because it can cover three other

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