Reading Comprehension is a skill to understand the meaning of the content of text by interpreting it appropriately, one of strategies that can be used in teaching reading is Small Group Discussion. It is a method of organizing the class and doing communicative activities in classroom. The aims of this research are to know whether there is any significant effect of using Small Group Discussion method in teaching reading comprehension at tenth-grade students of SMK PGRI 2 Kediri academic Year 2017/2018. This research used quantitative approach and experimental method with one-group pre-test and post-test. The sample of the research was X OTKP 1 class consisting 20 students. In collecting the data, the researcher held two times meetings which involved pre-test, two times treatment and post-test with narrative text material. Then the data was analyzed using SPSS version 21 by t-test. The result of post-test showed that the students’ reading comprehension increased after being taught using Small Group Discussion. It was proven by the mean score post-test (65.75) which was higher than mean score pre-test (49.85). Furthermore T-score (23,115) > T-table 5% (2,093). It means that alternative hypothesis (Ha) was accepted and null hypothesis (Ho) was rejected. It can be concluded that there is significant effect on students’ reading comprehension before and after being taught using Small Group Discussion at the tenth grade students of SMK PGRI 2 Kediri at X OTKP 1 class in academic Year 2017/2018. The result of this study also shows that small group discussion proved to give positive influence on reading skills in Vocational High School. In addition, the teacher can use this method to be reference in the class when she or he applied the strategies or method monotonously. Also for the next researcher the writer suggests to use the other skills or other methods in small group discussion to find out if there is other methods which also have an impact on English learning.
KEY WORDS: Small Group Discussion, Reading Comprehension
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