STUDENTS’ ABILITY IN READING COMPREHENSION OF RECOUNT TEXT ( A CASE STUDY AT THE TENTH GRADE OF SMKN 1 PEMALANG IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR OF 2022/2023)
The purpose of this research is to find out and describe students' ability to read texts, find difficulties faced by students and describe the factors that influence the reading comprehension of class X students of SMKN 1 Pemalang in the academic year 2022/2023 in reading comprehension of recount texts. In this study, a qualitative descriptive method was used to analyze reading comprehension of recount texts. The results of this study indicate that students' ability to read texts is considered weak at 57.74% (poor). Students' difficulties in reading comprehension of text recount seen from the perspective of mechanical ability and comprehension. Nearly 50% of the 31 students answered that they did not understand reading comprehension texts, especially those who gave several reasons. Just as they do not understand text material in depth, they also have difficulty understanding English texts, making them unable to read and understand texts. And from the factors faced by students in reading comprehension of recount text factors according to students, physical health can hinder reading, some students answered that they needed to find other learning resources related to reading and comprehension, some students answered that they were interested in reading comprehension but there are factors that do not support them in learning to read, namely environmental factors.