VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2019

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EFL Undergraduates’ Attitudes on the Socratic Seminar to Build Active Student-led English Discussion
Watsachol Narongsaksakul

Building: B
Room: B503
Date: 2019-10-11 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Last modified: 2019-09-19

Abstract


The focal point of teaching and learning has shifted from the features of talk to the understanding of the talk. The case study aimed to investigate attitudes on Socratic seminar in student-led discussion classroom. Twenty-one of the first year EFL undergraduate students, majoring in English Language Teaching in a Thai university participated in real life dialogues. This contemporary method involved an active discussion as an instructional tool to improve learning and comprehension of the text and to examine insights in the context of ten week Advanced Listening and Speaking course.  This study used a qualitative design investigating students’ attitudes towards interacting with their peers and teacher, using supporting opinions and arguments to gain new perspectives. The data collection involved three Socratic seminar observations and pre- and post-group interviews. The analysis showed that students had positive attitudes to this method. Discussion resulted significantly in better performance when students were engaged in quality talk about the assigned text.


Keywords


Socratic seminar, discussion, undergraduate