THE CORRELATION BETWEEN STUDENTS’ READING COMPREHENSION AND THEIR PARAPHRASING ABILITY IN NARRATIVE TEXT
Paraphrasing activity allows the students to interpret what they have understood
from the text in reading activity. This study investigates the correlation of the
students’ reading comprehension and their paraphrasing ability in narrative text.
There are two hypotheses in this research; null hypothesis (Ho) and the alternative
hypothesis (Ha). The null hypothesis says “There is no correlation between students’
reading comprehension and their paraphrasing ability in narrative text”. Then, Ha
says “There is a correlation between students’ reading comprehension and their
paraphrasing ability in narrative text”.
The population of this study is the eleventh graders of SMAN 1 Ambarawa in the
academic year of 2016/2017. The students of XI MIPA 5 are taken as the samples.
The design of this study is explanatory research design. The data are gained by
administering two kinds of tests; reading comprehension and paraphrasing tests.
Those tests are administered twice by using two different texts. There are three main
processes in applying this method in the study; the use of the scatterplot, Pearson
product moment coefficient, and correlation coefficient interpretation. Scatterplots
displays that there is a positive linear relationship. Then, the data are calculated by
using the Pearson product moment to know the degree of relationship among the
variables. The results of the computation of correlation coefficient applied to the
sample are 0.67 and 0.84. The consultation to the critical value of the r Product
Moment with 95% confidence level and the number of the subjects 32 is 0.349. It
means that the results obtained from the computation are higher than its critical
value. Next, the results of the computation of correlation coefficient are consulted to
the criteria of correlation coefficient interpretation. The interpretations of the
relationship are substantial and high to very high. It can be concluded that there is a
significant positive relationship between students’ reading comprehension ability in
narrative text (X) and their paraphrasing ability in narrative text (Y) on the eleventh
graders of SMA Negeri 1 Ambarawa in the academic year of 2016/2017.