MA-Thesis: The use of group work to enhance speaking skill for students at tran phu high school

MA-Thesis The use of group work to enhance speaking skill for students at tran phu high school to investigate the significance of using cooperative group work on improving students' speaking production and communicative skills in EFL classes. The present work is mainly attempts to investigate the students' awareness of the important of speaking skills in learning English at some high schools in Quang Ninh, Vietnam

MA-Thesis: The use of group work to enhance speaking skill for students at tran phu high school

1. Preface

1.1 Rationale

The main objective of learning a foreign language is to be able to communicate in that language. The students in Vietnam have many difficulties when they communicate in the English language. Improving the learners speaking ability in English is one of the most important challenges that Vietnamese teachers try to achieve. The problem we are confronted with here is that the importance of classroom participation is almost neglected and of little interest and the learners are just passive consumers of the knowledge.

1.2 Aims of the study

The overall aims of this study are firstly to advance an understanding of the effectiveness of cooperative learning strategies in the classroom to enhance speaking skill. Secondly, the researcher would like to explore teachers' awareness towards cooperative learning activities such as pair works and group works.

1.3 The research questions

With the objectives stated above, the study aims to answer the following research questions:

  • What are students' perceptions towards group working activities to enhance speaking ability?
  • What are teachers' awareness of the using cooperative learning?
  • How can cooperative learning technique affect the learners' speaking skills?

1.4 Scope of the study

The study is carried out at Tran Phu Secondary school in Quang Ninh province. The study focuses on developing speaking skill for students in Tran Phu high school by using group work.

1.5 The significance of this study

In order to find the answers for above mentioned research questions we hypothesize that: If teachers use cooperative learning in the classroom; then learners will feel more comfortable, and their speaking skill will be enhanced.

2. Content

2.1 Literature review

Communicative language teaching

The nature of speaking

The teaching and learning of speaking

Speaking difficulties in foreign language learning

The relationship between speaking and other language skills

Cooperative language learning

Group work in language learning

Types of group work

Student interaction

Classroom environment

The role of the teacher with group work activities

2.2 Research methodology

Context of the study


Research design

Data analysis procedures

Administration of the questionnaires

Administration of the interview

2.3 Findings and discussion

Results of research question

Result from questionnaire

Results of research question

3. Conclusion 

Through this thesis, the researcher hypothesized that if we are going to improve the students’ speaking proficiency in the classroom, we should provide them with more opportunities to get the practice they need to use the language and speak it fluently without any hesitation or fear of making any kind of mistakes. We believe that the present application of cooperative group work to the field of language learning is very important for promoting participation and communication in the EFL classes because it creates a situation where learners are expected to assist each other, to discuss and exchange ideas with each other.

4. References

Alderson, J. C. (2000). Assessing Reading. Cambridge: Cambridge University.

Avery, P., & Ehrlich, S. (1992). Teaching American English Pronunciation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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