Developing Speaking Skills Using Virtual Speaking Buddy

Radzuwan Ab. Rashid, Saiful Bahri Mohamed, Mohd Fazry A. Rahman, Syadiah Nor Wan Shamsuddin

Abstract


This interdisciplinary study integrates ICT in education through the innovation of an interactive audio-based application as a tool to enhance English language speaking skills among less proficient students. Drawing on the sociocultural perspective of learning, the application named ‘V-Buddy’ has been developed and tested with a group of participants which consists of five primary school students and an English language teacher. The teacher was briefed of her role as a facilitator before the students were exposed to V-Buddy for eight weeks. Adopting one group pre-test and post-test experimental design as its methodology, the teacher was asked to evaluate the students' level of confidence to speak prior to and after their engagement with the V-Buddy. The teacher was also interviewed to obtain her feedback on V-Buddy whilst the students were asked to complete the Personal Report of Confidence (PRC). The analysis reveals that all the students developed higher confidence level after their engagement with V-Buddy and the teacher perceived it positively which suggests its potential to be used as a tool in developing speaking skills among less proficient students.

Keywords


Less proficient students; primary schools; second language learning; speaking skills; virtual speaking buddy.

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International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning. ISSN: 1863-0383
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