The Ability of The Third Year Students of SMA Negeri 1Tanralili Maros to Comprehend The Meaning of Unfamiliar Words Through Context Clues. Thesis.Faculty of Languages and Literature. State University of Makassar. Supervised by Samtidar,S.Pd.,M.Ed.TESOL.,EdD and Amra Ariyani, S.Pd.,M.Pd.
The Objective of the research is to find out the ability of the students in comprehending the meaning of unfamiliar words through context clues and the factors influence it.
The researcher applied a descriptive method. The population of this research was the third year students of SMA Negeri 1 Tanralili Maros in academic year 2008-2009. The researcher used purposive sampling by taking class III Exact I that was consisting of 30 students because it was simple and didn’t spend a lot of time.The data collected through the research were firstly tabulated and then analysed into percentage.
From the result of data analysis, the researcher concludes that the students have very poor ability to comprehend the meaning of unfamiliar words through context clues.Then the factors influence the students to comprehend the meaning of unfamiliar words through context clues are : the lack of vocabulary of the students,the less attention toward context clues to identify the words’ meanings,and the lack of guidance to analyse context clues when encountered difficult words.