Bukhari, Imam. Improving Students’ Reading Comprehension through Think, Pair, and Share Strategy at The Second Grade of MA Al Maarif Singosari Malang. Skripsi. English Educational Departement, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Islamic Universtiy of Malang. Advisor I : Dra. Hj. Mutmainnah, M.Pd, advisor II: Hamiddin, S.Pd.
Key Word: Reading, TPS (Think, Pair, and Share) strategy
“English”, this word is not strange in everyone in the world. Especially in Indonesia which is called developing country. Indonesia uses English not only as a means of communication, but also in every sector and level. Nowadays, English is taught in every educational level, including senior high school. Language education should develop language competence with special emphasis on reading and writing according to the literacy level set up for every level of education (Government regulation 2005:19) the problem in this study was: how does TPS strategy improve the reading comprehension of students of second grade at MA Al Maarif Singosari Malang?
The goal of the study was to improve the reading comprehension of senior high school students by using TPS strategy. By using this strategy the researcher hopes that the result of students’ achievement will be better than before. This study is a Classroom Action Research (CAR). The goal of the study is to improve the reading comprehension of MA Al Maarif Singosari students of the XI grade by using TPS strategy. The research was conducted in a cyclic process starting from, action planning, implementation, observation, and reflection. The data analysis used quantitative data and qualitative data. The quantitative data were obtained from the test and questionnaire; the qualitative data was obtained from observation of the teaching and learning process, the students’ answers, and the researcher field-notes.
After implementing cycle, the criterion of success has been fulfilled. It means that the students’ reading achievement is increased. It is related to the student active participation, student interest, student enjoyment during English learning using this strategy. It also reveals that the student achievement in the second test with the mean score 75.85 is better than the mean score in the first test 68. The questionnaire also shows that the students are interested in learning English after using TPS strategy the students’ active involvement also increases.
After using TPS strategy with think pair and share activities the reading ability of the students in the XI grade at MA Al Maarif Singosari Malang developed. Asking and answering questions in discussion from the reading text make the students enrich their vocabulary. Beside that the students talk active by show their idea based on their sharing. Students enjoy learning English by using TPS strategy. The class becomes alive and cooperative because all of the students participated in these activities. The using of TPS strategy makes the situation of learning English in the class better than before.Based on these result, it is suggested that the teacher be creative in the teaching and learning process. Teaching English using TPS strategy can improve the resding comprehension of students. The researcher hopes that this strategy will be useful for the teaching and learning process, especially the teaching of reading.