THE INSPECTION OF LABORIOUS MECHANICAL ASPECTS FOR EFL READERS
As most students admitted that their problem in reading was mainly regarding vocabulary, the authors were drawn to a premise that there must be a stronger underpinning explanation leading to such comprehension gap in reading. This study aimed at finding out a specific root-problem faced by EFL learners when performing reading, which are the mechanic skills of reading. This study was conducted using qualitative approach—case study design. The respondents were 55 college students in Aceh, Indonesia who were sophomores in Economics and Business faculty. The data were collected from September-December 2019. The data source was a weekly individual checklist based on the mechanical reading framework, namely: phonic-phonemic awareness-vocabulary-fluency-comprehension to find out which problem they repeatedly faced during the reading process. From 14 meetings, it was calculated that 54 students mostly faced fluency problem which means that they know the semantic and literal meaning of a certain word but struggle with the sense of the word. Later, the problem faced was comprehension which was faced by 20 students. Then, the problem of vocabulary was experienced by 16 students. And the least problem faced is phonemic problem which was faced by 1 student only.
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Moriyanti was born in Lhokseumawe, November 10, 1990. Undergraduate education (S1) was taken at English Education Study Program at IAIN Ar-Raniry Banda Aceh in 2008. Then, she continued her Master's Degree in 2013 at the English Education Study Program, Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh. Currently, she is English teacher at SMPN 2 Muara Tiga, Pidie, Aceh. In addition, the author is active as English lecturer at the campus in Banda Aceh. Scientific articles have been published in local, national and international journals. Moreover, she is enthusiastic as a keynote speaker in the international conference event. Her research work can be accessed at https://bit.ly/3z9YJNk
Nyak Mutia Ismail is an English Department lecturer at the University of Serambi Mekkah, Aceh, Indonesia. She also teaches General English at Syiah Kuala University, Aceh, Indonesia. Additionally, she is also an instructor of TOEFL preparation (specifically Reading section) at the Language Center of Syiah Kuala University. She earned both her bachelor and master degree at Syiah Kuala University and now is highly interested in academic research and scholarly articles. She has presented her research papers in national and international conferences as well as has published her articles in various journals. Her research interests are English language teaching, educational assessment, and cognition in learning. Her research work can be accessed at https://bit.ly/3PNgPvC
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