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THE EFFECT OF THINK ALOUD STRATEGY TOWARD STUDENTS READING SKILL AT THE SECOND GRADE OF SMA NEGERI (PRE EXPERIMENTA


THE EFFECT OF THINK ALOUD STRATEGY TOWARD STUDENTS READING SKILL AT THE SECOND GRADE OF SMA NEGERI (PRE EXPERIMENTAL)
1.1.       BACKGROUND
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.
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 preschool/kindergarten level. Instead of heated debates on which approach is best suited for early reading success, educators should be discussing the most efficient method(s) that produces the best results.
In  teaching  reading  teacher  should  make  the  students  more  active  in accordance  with  the  purpose  of  learning.  Teachers  are  required  to  be  able to controlled and lead the classroom activity effectively. To make a good and active classroom  condition  come  true,  teacher  is  suggested  to  have  some  techniques  and strategies in teaching  reading,  such  as  think Aloud.  This  strategy  can  make  students  become  more active  and  make  classroom  ambience  controlled  as  appropriate  with  the  purpose  of learning.  Think Aloud strategy  support the students as readers and thinkers.
But in fact, students still have problem in focusing the lesson. Because of some  factors,  there  are  the  personal  condition  of  the  student,  technique  or method of teacher’s ways in teaching-learning  process,  and  the  situations  of ???????

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