### A CORRELATION BETWEEN STUDENTS’ SIMPLE PRESENT TENSE MASTERY AND THEIR LEARNING MOTIVATION TOWARD THEIR ABILITY TO COMPREHEND DESCRIPTIVE TEXT OF VIII GRADE STUDENTS AT SMP KARTIKA 1-6 PADANG

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**This research was aimed to find out the correlation between students’ simple present tense mastery and their learning motivation toward their ability to comprehend descriptive text ofVIII grade students at SMP Kartika 1-6 Padang. The number of population was 112 students.The researcher took two classes as sample by using convenience technique. The classes selected as sample were classes VIII 3 and VIII 4. The researcher gathered the data by using simple present tense, questionnaire and reading test. To analyze the data the researcher used the Person Product Moment Formula and Multiple Correlation Formula. After analyzing the data, the researcher found that the students’ simple present tense mastery was moderate (67.86%), their learning motivation was moderate (71.43%), and their ability to comprehend descriptive text was moderate (85.71%). The researcher found the coefficient correlation between students’ simple present tense mastery and their ability to comprehenddescriptive text was 0.74 and value of r table was 0.388 (α .05 and df = 26). Next, the researcher found the coefficient correlation between students’ learning motivation and their ability to comprehend descriptive text was 0.52 and value of r table was 0.388(α .05 and df = 26). Then, the researcher found the coefficient correlation between students’ simple present tense mastery and their learning motivation was 0.42 and value of r table was 0.388(α .05 and df = 26). Finally, the researcher found the value of coefficient correlation of three variables was 0.77 and f- counted was 32.22, while the value of f- table was 3.39 (α .05) (df) n-k-1 (25).**

**Key words**: Correlation, Simple Present Tense, Learning Motivation, Comprehension Ability

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