Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
Many researchers do their research on grammatical intricacy or lexical density as the main elements of readability of texts but it is very limited research on English children short stories. The readability test of texts is different from one text to another. The texts can be classified into spoken or written text. The classification can be based on some elements, such as the total word count or the hard words involved in the texts. This preliminary research tries to figure out the readability test based on the grammatical intricacy or lexical density of the English children short stories by applying the free application called text analyser as the text content analysis tool found in http://www.usingenglish.com/resources/text-statistics.php. The research based on the two aims of the research, they are, (1) To identify the average of hard words found in the English children short story, and (2) To identify the average of grammatical intricacy or lexical density of the English children short stories. The method applied in this research is descriptive analysis. The writers describe the data based on the data which is described by the text analyser. Based on the analysis, the result shows that (1) the average of the hard words found in the English children short story is 3.06% and (2) the average of the hard words found in the English children short story is 33.62%.
Readability test, English children short stories, grammatical intricacy, lexical density