A collaborative learning intervention module to improve speaking fluency

Muhammad Azhar Khan Bin Ashfar Ahmad, Melor Md Yunus

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Abstract

In the current English Syllabus in Malaysia, speaking skill is given the least importance when it comes to testing. Apart from the School Based Oral Assessment, speaking skills is not tested in Malaysia‘s most important public examination; the Malaysia Certificate of Education. This would almost always result into students who can score their writing and reading tests well but are not able to communicate effectively in English. Some of the reasons that influenced the lack of speaking skills among students are anxiety, inhibitions and the lack of opportunity to use the language. Hence, an intervention module is created with the aims to lower students‘ anxiety and inhibitions of using the language and also to give them the opportunities to speak. With Collaborative Learning, Creative and Critical Thinking skills are enhanced through 21st century learning. This project requires students to recreate a replica of Malaysia‘s Iconic Buildings and display them in an exhibition. Students organized the exhibition to the public which caters to creative and critical thinking skills together with developing a nationalistic identity. Data was collected through pre-test and post-test, students‘ reflections and researchers‘ field notes from a group of 27 form four students in a fully residential school in Kluang, Johor. Findings show that students‘ inhibitions and anxiety are lowered. Additionally, students‘ speaking skills are improved as a result of increase in motivation. This goes to show that using collaborative learning would benefit English language teaching and learning, especially the speaking skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1834-1838
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Scientific and Technology Research
Volume8
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

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Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Collaborative learning
  • Fluency
  • Inhibitions
  • Motivation
  • Speaking
  • Speaking opportunity

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  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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A collaborative learning intervention module to improve speaking fluency. / Ahmad, Muhammad Azhar Khan Bin Ashfar; Yunus, Melor Md.

In: International Journal of Scientific and Technology Research, Vol. 8, No. 12, 12.2019, p. 1834-1838.

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