Enhancing the Students’ Reading Ability through an Intensive Reading Approach
AbstractIntensive reading approach (IRA) is a kind of reading approach which involves the detailed reading of texts with the two goals of understanding the text and learning language features. This study aims to explain the effects of intensive reading approach (IRA) toward the students’ reading ability. In this study, the researchers addressed a research question: what the effects of intensive reading approach (IRA) towards the students’ reading ability development? To find out the answer, the researchers applied qualitative method under survey design, particularly a cross-sectional survey design at which they administered questionnaires to 10 students of Early Childhood Education Department, STAI Putra Galuh Ciamis. The respondents were chosen randomly as the sample. The results of the study asserted that intensive reading approach (IRA) give the significant effects towards the students’ reading ability at which they obtain new vocabularies, understand more the specific text, and write sentences by their own words. Besides, they are able to read the text faster and their interest in reading is enhanced more than the previous one. Thus, the effects of intensive reading approach (IRA) influence not only for the students’ reading, but also for their writing ability. In conclusion, intensive reading approach (IRA) give significant effect towards the students’ reading ability.
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