Reza Asmaniarti(1*), Ratmanida Ratmanida(2),

(1) English Department FBS Universitas Negeri Padang
(2) Universitas Negeri Padang
(*) Corresponding Author


Reading is an important skill that is needed in order to get information from written text. In reading, the students not only must be able to read the text, but they also must be able to comprehend the text in order to get the meaning from the text. However, many students have difficulties in comprehending the text and lacking motivation in reading. It is because there is a tendency that the teachers do not use an interesting strategy that can attract students’ interest. That is why this paper is conducted in order to explain how to use Uninterrupted Sustained Silent Reading (USSR) strategy in teaching reading comprehension to senior high school students. USSR strategy is conducted by providing the students to select their own reading material based on their interest and read it silently about twenty minutes without any interruption. This strategy can make the students relaxed and enjoyed the reading process. It is believed that this strategy can help many students in improving their reading comprehension ability.


Key words: Reading, Reading Comprehension, USSR strategy


Alderson, J. Charles. (2000). Assessing Reading. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Alexander, J. Estill. (1977). Teaching Reading (Third Edition). Boston: Scott, Foresman and Company.

Brown, H Douglas. (2000). Teachingby Principles an Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy (Second Edition).California :Longnam.

Cook, Vivian. (2008). Second Language Learning and Language Teaching. London: Hodder Education.

Coyne, Michael D., at al. (2011). Effective Teaching Strategies that Accommodate Diverse Learners (Fourth Edition). New Jersey: Pearson Education.

Fitrawati. (2009). Improving Senior High School Students’ ReadingComprehension through Reading Strategies Derivedfrom Genre Based Approach. Journal of English Language Teaching UNP. 10 (2): 90.

Gardiner, Steve. (2005). Building Students Literacy through Sustained Silent Reading. United States: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

Grabe, William. (2009). Reading in a Second Language: Moving from Theory to Practice. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Gunderson, Lee. (2009). ESL (ELL) Literacy Instruction: A Guide to Theory and Practice (Second Editon). Newyork: Routledge.

Harvey, Stephanie and Anne Goudvis. (2007). Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement (second edition). Portland: Stenhouse Publishers.

Hibbard, Laura E. (2014). Ebooks: An Alternative to Paper Books for Online Students?.International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research. 8(1): 51-52.

Hopkins, Gary. (2007). "Sustained Silent Reading" Helps Develop Independent Readers (and Writers). Retrieved on September 29, 2018 from

Ibrahim, Fahmy A. F. (1999).The Urgent Need to Apply A Sustained Silent Reading Remedial Program to Improve School Achievement. Massachusetts: AmericanInternational College.

KementerianPendidikandanKebudayaanRepublik Indonesia. (2013). Kurikulum 2013 KompetensiDasarSekolahMenengahAtas (SMA)/ Madrasah Aliyah (MA). Jakarta: Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan.

Krashen, Stephen. (1989). We Acquire Vocabulary and Spelling by Reading: Additional Evidence for the InputHypothesis. The Modern Language Journal. 73(4): 442.

Meyer, Rick. (1998). Uninterrupted Sustained Silent Reading Strategy. ERIC Document Reproduction Service (No. ED 418379). Retrieved on September 29, 2018


Lindsay, Cora and Knight, Paul. (2006). Learning and Teaching English: A Course for Teachers. New York: Oxford University Press.

Peregoy, Suzanne F., and Boyle, Owen F. (2008). Reading, Writing and Learning: A Resource Book for K-12 Teacher. New York: Longman

Quinn, Jamie. (2017). “Benefits of sustained silent reading and self-monitoring for reluctant readers” [Theses and Dissertations]. 2402.

Reiter, Audrey. (2003). The Effects of L2 Pleasure Reading on High School ESOL Students’Reading Comprehension and Motivation. Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools: Annandale High School: 1-2.

Riska. (2017). “The Use of Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) Method to Improve Students Reading Comprehension at The Second Year Students of SMPN 3 SungguminasaGowa” [Thesis]. Makassar (ID): AlauddinState Islamic University.

Tierney, R. J., at al. (1980). Reading Strategies and Practices: A Guide for Improving Instruction. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Tierney, R.J. and Readence, J.E. (2005). Uninterrupted Sustained Silent Reading. Retrieved on September 7, 2018 from

Vaughan, Joseph L. (1982). Instructional Strategies. In Allen Berger and Alan Robinson (Eds.). Secondary School Reading: What Research Reveals for Classroom Practice (p.67-78).Urbana: ERIC Clearinghouse.

Yoon, Jun-Chae. (2002). Effectiveness of Sustained Silent Reading on Reading Attitudeand Reading Comprehension of Fourth-Grade Korean Students [Dissertation]. Athens: The University of Georgia.

Full Text: PDF

Article Metrics

Abstract View : 63 times
PDF : 8 times


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2018 Journal of English Language Teaching

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.