Improving Students’ Reading Comprehension through Keyword Method



A.    Background
Nowadays, science and technology development demands people to increase their knowledge and experience. One way to increase their knowledge and experience is through reading. Reading is the effective way to get information. If someone says the book is the window of the world, we can say that reading is the eye of the world because we can know all the things through reading. Reading is one of the basic skills of English, but it has a very complex process where the reader tries to discover meaning in print page or script. Through reading one can enhance his experiences, develop new concept and increase his thinking or knowledge.
Reading is one of the basic communicative skills of English.  It is an important part of English, this is the way of gaining information from written source. Harmer (1991: 68), states that reading is useful for other purpose; it provides good models for English writing and also provides opportunities to study language. For the reasons it will be important to make the reading activity as effective as possible.
Indonesian curriculum has put English as the essential subject to learn from elementary until university, where reading is one of English skills that the students must master. Besides that in the last examination test of each school level almost 90% of test items are reading test form where the students are asked to find out the information of text. So the teacher has to?????????????


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