AN ECLECTIC METHOD: A COOPERATIVE TASK-BASED LEARNING METHOD IN DEVELOPING STUDENTS’ ENGLISH SPEAKING SKILLS AT PHITSANULOK PITTAYAKOM SCHOOL
A Cooperative Task-Based Learning Method in Developing Students’ English Speaking Skills at Phitsanulok Pittayakom School
The purposes of this study were to design lesson plans in the teaching and learning of English as a second language/foreign language using Task-Based Learning and Cooperative Learning, plus Contextual Learning, and to investigate the effectiveness of the blended method-Cooperative Task-based Learning method in developing the speaking skills of the seventh-grade students at Phitsanulok Pittayakom School. The participants were 31 Science Math and Technology program students who were selected via clustered random sampling. The instruments used for collecting the data were pre-test and post-test without a control group, lesson plans, semi-structured focus group interviews, and the Common European Framework of References for Languages descriptors and scales, both holistic and analytic rating scales. The results of this study showed that the English speaking skills of the students improved by one level higher than their previous level, from being basic to intermediate language users. The English speaking skills of the seventh grade were statistically significant at 0.01 level. There were statistically significant differences between the mean scores on the pre-test and post-test in the overall speaking skills of the students.
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