IMPROVING STUDENTâ€™S READING COMPREHENSION THROUGH DRTA-STRATEGY AT SMP ST.IGNASIUS MEDAN IMPROVING STUDENTâ€™S READING COMPREHENSION THROUGH DRTA-STRATEGY AT SMP ST.IGNASIUS MEDAN
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This study was designed to improve studentsâ€™ reading comprehension ability through DRTA Strategy. The strategy was selected because it was believed to be able to stimulate or activate the students to be more involved in the reading activities and to facilitate the students to comprehend the texts, especially report texts. The research problem was formulated as follows: â€œHow to apply DRTA strategy in order to improve students reading comprehension at SMP ST.IGNASIUS MEDAN? The study employed a collaborative classroom action research design in which the researcher and the collaborator as researcher team worked together designing the lesson plan, implementing the action, observing the action, and reflecting the action. The subjects of this research were 30 students the first semester students XI of SMP ST.IGNASIUS in the 2013/2014 academic year. The findings of this research study indicated that the DRTA strategy was successful in improving both the studentsâ€™ ability in comprehending report texts and the studentsâ€™ involvement in reading activities. Based on the studentsâ€™ achievement using DRTA strategy in comprehending report texts, it was suggested for the English teachers to apply DRTA strategy as one of many alternatives that can be used in teaching reading skills.