Storytelling: The way to build confidence among low proficiency students

Nor Hasni Mokhtar, Sharifah Zurina Syed Kamarulzaman, Michi Farida Abdul Halim

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    Abstract

    Storytelling has been used as an effective teaching tool in language learning to enhance students' communication skills and build their confidence. In addition, it gives them the opportunity to explore the language, especially the non-verbal skills. Students of lower proficiency at The National University of Malaysia (UKM), taking Foundation English courses usually lack confidence and are intimidated by the language. Consequently, they are hesitant to use the language and not motivated to do so. As storytellers, students have the opportunity to read, write, listen, and speak the language. Experimenting with different ways of telling stories is fun and gives them confidence. This activity also stresses the importance of listening and how to communicate ideas and interact with others. It is believed that with improved self-esteem and confidence, these students could learn their second language better. This paper is to report on these students' perception on how effective storytelling is in enhancing their confidence in English language skills. The students perceived that their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills have improved after going through the storytelling activities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)227-238
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Journal of Learning
    Volume18
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Keywords

    • Confidence
    • Language skills
    • Storytelling

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    Mokhtar, N. H., Kamarulzaman, S. Z. S., & Abdul Halim, M. F. (2012). Storytelling: The way to build confidence among low proficiency students. International Journal of Learning, 18(9), 227-238.

    Storytelling : The way to build confidence among low proficiency students. / Mokhtar, Nor Hasni; Kamarulzaman, Sharifah Zurina Syed; Abdul Halim, Michi Farida.

    In: International Journal of Learning, Vol. 18, No. 9, 2012, p. 227-238.

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    Mokhtar, NH, Kamarulzaman, SZS & Abdul Halim, MF 2012, 'Storytelling: The way to build confidence among low proficiency students', International Journal of Learning, vol. 18, no. 9, pp. 227-238.
    Mokhtar, Nor Hasni ; Kamarulzaman, Sharifah Zurina Syed ; Abdul Halim, Michi Farida. / Storytelling : The way to build confidence among low proficiency students. In: International Journal of Learning. 2012 ; Vol. 18, No. 9. pp. 227-238.
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