Anna Isabela Sanam, Sebastião Pereira, Amelia Gaspar, Augusto da Costa


The aim of this research to discover the students’ difficulties in
understanding narrative text, to know whether the use of narrative text
can improve the students’ reading comprehension, and to know the
understanding level of students in reading comprehension. The study
was qualitative in the action research approach. The subjects of the
study were 30 students. The data for this study was qualitative. The
results of this study showed that the students encountered difficulties
in reading comprehension of vocabulary mastery, finding specific and
general information from the text. The students did not interested to
read a long text that the teacher dominated the class, never gave
feedback, and modeled the teaching strategy. The researcher used the
narrative text to improve students’ reading comprehension. It
displayed the improvement of student’s average scores. On the pre-test
the average score was 5.06, on the first cycle the average score was 5.8,
then on the second cycle, the average score was 6, 36. Furthermore, in
the post-test, the average score was 8, 03. The level of students’ reading
comprehension is categorized at a good level. Finally, the researcher
concludes that using narrative text effective in improving students’
reading comprehension.

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