Improving Reading Fluency of Recount Text Through Multimedia Running Text inGrade Eight Students of SMPN 1 Jogonalan in 2015/2016 Academic Year

Prety Sekar Hartono


The aim of this action research was to improve the reading fluency of grade VIII students of SMPN 1 Jogonalan through the implementation of multimedia running text. This research was conducted in two cycles. The participants of this research were the researcher, the English teacher as the collaborator and the students of grade VIII of SMPN 1 Jogonalan. The data of this research were in the form of qualitative and quantitative data. The qualitative data were obtained by observing the teaching learning process, interviewing the English teacher and the students and holding discussions with the English teacher as the collaborator. Meanwhile, the quantitative data were obtained by administering a pre-test and a post-test to see the improvement of the students’ reading fluency. The instruments of this research included observation sheets, interview guidelines, reading fluency test sheets, and an audio recorder. The validity of the data was attained by applying democratic validity, dialogic validity, process validity, outcome validity, and catalytic validity. In addition, to make the data trustworthy or reliable, investigator triangulation was used in this research. The research findings show that reading fluency aspects (accuracy, rate and prosody) of most students improved after multimedia running text was used. It was indicated by the increase of the mean of students’ reading accuracy scores in the pre-test and post-test (79.48 to 90.80), the reading rate scores 105.83 to 128.43 and the reading prosody scores 62.2 to 69.7. The implementation of multimedia also increased the students’ motivation of learning reading fluency.

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