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THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION IN TEACHING READING COMPREHENSION IN DESCRIPTIVE TEXT AT THE EIGHTH GRADE OF SMP NEGERI (Pre Experimental)


THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION IN TEACHING READING COMPREHENSION IN DESCRIPTIVE TEXT AT THE EIGHTH GRADE OF  SMP NEGERI (Pre Experimental)
CHAPTER I
INTRODUCTION
A.    Background of the Study
In  English  teaching-learning,  students  should  master  four  language skills.  The  language  skills  are  listening,  speaking,  reading  and  writing.  As  a language  skill,  reading  has  significant  role  that  influence  the  other  language skills  and  components.  In  addition,  the  success  of  learning  any  subject matters  depends  on  the  competence  of  reading  comprehension  since  it functions as a major tool for finding and understanding information. Reading also has the value to help students learn to express their own thought and to make  them  familiar  with  the  language  pattern  and  ways  of  using  language efficiently. Thus, mastering reading skill is very important.
In school based curriculum or “Kurikulum Tingkat Satuan Pendidikan (KTSP) 2006”, reading is one of language skill that should be learned and mastered in any level of education from elementary up to senior high school. Moreover, learning reading skill is more focused at senior high school because reading is to get information and knowledge and KTSP 2006 expects junior high school students to be able to gain their knowledge which help them to face in senior high school and also university level. It means that reading is the most important skills to be mastered by senior high school students.
Rebecca (2005: 8) Reading is fundamentally important for success. It opens the door to personal freedom or shuts the door to opportunity. Learning to read is a means to an end. If children have difficulty learning to read early, how can they be expected to excel in other subjects as well? The best prevention of reading difficulties, therefore, is early intervention strategies at the ???????

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