The implementation of Herringbone technique to improve reading comprehension

Sarabila Nadira, Huzairin Huzairin, Burhanuddin Burhanuddin


The objectives of this research were to find out whether there was a significant difference of the students’ reading comprehension after the implementation of Herringbone technique and to investigate which aspect of reading that improves the most and improves the least after the implementation of the technique. The population of this research was the first grade of SMA Tri Sukses Natar in the academic year 2019/2020. The sample of this research was X science 2 which consisted of 30 students. The data were taken from the tests and they were analyzed by using paired sample t-test. The result showed that there was a significant difference in the students’ reading comprehension of pre-test (61.40) to post-test (72.30) in which t-value>t-table (11.882>2.452) or sig p<0.05 (0.000<0.05). In addition, main idea was the aspect of reading that improved the most after the implementation of the technique and the aspect which improved the least was vocabulary. Based on the result, it can be concluded that Herringbone technique is effective to improve students’ reading comprehension.

 Keywords: Herringbone technique, Reading comprehension, Narrative text


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