USING AUTHENTIC MATERIALS TO IMPROVE READINGCOMPREHENSION OF GRADE EIGHT STUDENTS

USING AUTHENTIC MATERIALS TO IMPROVE READINGCOMPREHENSION OF GRADE EIGHT STUDENTS
CHAPTER I
INTRODUCTION
In  the  English  teaching  and  learning  process,  there  are  four  skills  which are  identified  as  paramount  importance;  listening,  speaking,  reading  and  writing (Brown,  2001).  Regarding to its  importance of  English, the  government  of Indonesia puts English as a compulsory subject for junior high school and senior high  school.  In  junior  high  school,  the  students  who  graduate  from  school  are expected to communicate in English both in oral and written form.
The  ability  to  communicate  in  written  English  is  closely  related  to  the reading  skill,  as  one  of  the  four  skills  of  English  teaching  and  learning  process. The ability to read opens up new knowledge and opportunities. It enables students to  gain  information,  to  get  some  pleasure,  and  do  many  things  that  are  part  of modern  life,  such  as,  reading  newspapers,  magazines,  maps  and  so  on.  That  is why  reading  plays  important  roles  in teaching  and  learning  process of  English. Moreover,  the  importance  of  reading  is  also  stated in  the  School-based Curriculum  of  Junior High  School  (Depdiknas,  2006).  The  target  of  the  English teaching and learning is to enable students to gain the functional literacy which is the  ability  to  communicate  both  in  simple  oral  and  written  English  to  deal  with the  daily  life  contexts,  such  as  reading  and  understanding  news  papers  or

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