This thesis is written in order to (1) know whether the use of Audio Visual aids can improve the students’ reading skill; and (2) what are the students’ attitudes to the use of Audio Visual Aids to improve their reading skill. This study was conducted on the preliminary study in SMAN 1 Boyolali in which the researcher found that almost all of the students of the tenth grade got difficulty in understanding reading text. Most of the students got difficulties in determining the main idea, identifying the implicit and explicit information, determining the meaning of words, determining the purpose, and determining the reference of pronouns. Their mean score of reading in the pre-test was 68.98 and still far from the passing grade 75,00.
The research was conducted from March 30th – April 28th 2015 at SMAN 1 Boyolali. The research was conducted in two cycles, in which the first cycle consisted of four meeting and second cycle consisted of three meeting. Every cycle consisted of four steps: planning, implementing, observation, and reflection. The data were collected by using qualitative and quantitative technique of analysis. The qualitative method consists of assembling the data, coding the data, comparing the data, building interpretations, and reporting the outcomes. The quantitative data were analyzed by comparing the mean scores of the pre-test and post-test.
The research finding shows that the use of video as Audio Visual media combined with SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review) can enhance the students’ reading skill and the class situation in teaching and learning activity. The improvement of students’ comprehension includes: (1) Students are able to determine the main idea; (2) Students are able to identify the implicit and explicit information; (3) Students are able to determine the meaning of word; 4) Students are able to determine the purpose of the text; and (5) Students are able to determine the reference of pronouns. The improvement of the students’ attitude: (1) The students enjoyed and interested in the lesson; (2) The students become active learners; (3) The students were not noisy during teaching learning activity; (4) The students paid attention to the teacher.
Finally, it can be concluded that using Audio Visual Aids can improve the students’ reading skill and the students’ attitude.