VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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Improving the Speaking Skill for A2 Students at Vietnam National University by Topic-based Presentations
Dao Thi Bich Vu

Building: A12
Room: Room 303
Date: 2018-10-12 04:30 PM – 05:00 PM
Last modified: 2018-09-16

Abstract


It is widely known that in this era of the industrial revolution 4.0, graduates should be able to communicate well in English so as to find a good job. Although teachers of English throughout the country are all aware of the importance of listening and speaking skills, many of them are still coping with the learners’ reluctance to speak English in class. Lecturers of English who teach non-English major students at universities may wonder why learners are still unable to express themselves clearly in English after learning it for 8 or 10 years at school. This action research focuses on topic-based presentations for A2 non-English major students at Vietnam National University (Hanoi) as a class project during one semester. The topics developed by the lecturer at the beginning of the term are closely related to the focus of each lesson. Learners not only get the careful guidance before their presentations but also can consult the lecturer at any time during their preparation. Moreover, students can practice speaking frequently as presentations are on a weekly basis. The research findings reveal that after one semester, not only their speaking skill but also the learner autonomy are remarkably improved.


Keywords


speaking skill, oral presentations, communicative language teaching.