UNDERSTANDING TYPES OF THEME IN VARIOUS BUSINESS READING TEXT EXERCISES USING FUNCTIONAL APPROACH
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An important point to understand a text is knowing what information or message that the writer wants to convey to the reader. In additions, it is very important to know the point of the departure of the message called as Theme appearing in the beginning of the clause. This research isaimed to measure the understanding of the English Students of 4th semester consisting of 23 students as respondents in classifying and identifying types of Theme in various business reading text exercises using functional approach proposed first by Halliday. The theory claims that the theme can be divided into some categories: ideational, textual and interpersonal. Then, the writer would like to know what types of Theme tend to appear in business reading text materials. The method used in this research is quasi-experimental studies. There are three phases applied in this research. first, the students were given and explained theories about types of theme; second, they were given some exercises; and the Inst, they were evaluated by doing a test. Three classifications were resulted . They consist of understanding (if the test score is more or with 80 point), enough (if the test score is 60-79 point), and Less Understanding (if the test score is less than 60 point).The result shows that 60% students are classified Understanding, 35% students are classified Enough and 15% students are classified Less Understanding. Ideationalthemetends to appear more dominant than two other Themes in the business reading text exercises because those te.xts-use many deClarative clauses in conveying the information to the readers.