Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 9. Number 1. March 2018                                   Pp. 447-467

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 Social Constructivism-Based Reading Comprehension Teaching Design
at Politeknik Negeri Sriwijaya 

Welly Ardiansyah
Department of English,  Politeknik Negeri Sriwijaya
Palembang, Indonesia 

Murwani Ujihanti
Department of English, Politeknik Negeri Sriwijaya
Palembang, Indonesia



This study aimed at investigating  students’ reading comprehension achievement, vocabulary mastery, and social values among the third semester students at Computer Engineering, English, and Business Administration department of Politeknik Negeri Sriwijaya Indonesia. In this research, the writers used Research & Development (R & D) methodology. The purposive sampling included 3 high classes and 3 low classes consisting of  148 students. To collect the data, tests of reading comprehension and vocabulary were given and then statistically calculated with the paired-sample t-tests. Shapiro-Wilk test was used to the normality of data distribution. The findings indicated  that  the students in the high and low classes could significantly improve their reading comprehension achievement and vocabulary mastery. The students have also shown very positive moral values towards their friends such cooperative, respectful, responsible, and helpful and report  that it has made their reading process more tangible and interesting. These results verify the efficacy of the social constructivism-based reading comprehension teaching design and the researchers recommends its application in Politeknik Negeri Sriwijaya.
Keywords: Reading comprehension achievement, vocabulary mastery, social

Cite as: Ardiansyah, W., & Ujihanti, M. (2018). Social Constructivism-Based Reading Comprehension Teaching Design at
Politeknik Negeri Sriwijaya. Arab World English Journal, 9 (1).


Welly Ardiansyah is an English lecturer at Sriwijaya State Polytechnic, and has just been recently
earned his Doctoral degree at the Indonesia Education University (UPI University), Indonesia. He
has many years of experience in teaching English in universities, in polytechnic, in rural as well
as urban areas. He has been teaching in Sriwijaya State Polytechnic since 2006. His current
interests include writing and conducting research on reading comprehension.