Exploring the use of drama-based activities as a learning tool in English oral proficiency development among students from non-Malay-medium nation schools: A preliminary study

Chang, Fui Man and Lee, Andrea Jen May and Sabariah Sharif and Soon Singh Bikar Singh (2019) Exploring the use of drama-based activities as a learning tool in English oral proficiency development among students from non-Malay-medium nation schools: A preliminary study. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 9 (6). pp. 1202-1215. ISSN 2222-6990

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Transitioning from Non-Malay-medium national schools to Malay-medium or English-medium secondary schools proved to be a struggle for many students due to the negligence in developing audio-lingual skills of the second language (L2) throughout the six-years of primary education. This study aims to explore the effectiveness of drama-based activities as a language learning strategy on L2 oral proficiency among the students aged between 12 to 13 years old from Non-Malay-Medium National School. Over a period of five weeks, pre-intervention interviews (on the first week), intervention (over the span of three weeks with two hours per week), and post-intervention interviews (on the fifth week) were carried out. The content of the intervention was adapted from Trinity College London's Grade 4 Communication Skills syllabus. The instruments used for data collection included: (1) pre-determined pre- and post-intervention speaking assessments, (2) classroom observation speaking assessments and (3) oral proficiency assessment rubric adapted from Cambridge English speaking assessment of Common European Framework of Reference Level B1 and a published drama assessment tool focusing on elements such as Grammar and Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Discourse Management, and Task Completion. The results of the post-intervention oral proficiency assessment showed that the there was an overall improvement especially in discourse management and task completion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Drama-Based Activities , English Oral Proficiency , Learning Tools , Non-Malay Nation School , Secondary School
Subjects: ?? LB1501 ??
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P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: FACULTY > Faculty of Psychology and Education
Depositing User: SAFRUDIN BIN DARUN -
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2021 11:08
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2021 11:08
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/27394

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