Developing Speaking Skills Using Virtual Speaking Buddy
Radzuwan Ab. Rashid, Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Gong Badak Campus, 21300 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu ; Saiful Mohamed, Department of Manufacturing Technology, Faculty of Innovative Design and Technology, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Gong Badak Campus, 21300 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu ; Mohd A. Rahman, Kolej Komuniti Shah Alam, Bangunan UMNO Shah Alam, Aras 10, Menara UBSA,, Pusat Dagangan UMNO Shah Alam, Seksyen 11, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia ; Syadiah Wan Shamsuddin, Faculty of Informatics & Computing, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Tembila Campus.
iJET Volume 12, Number 5, ISSN 1863-0383 Publisher: International Journal of Emerging Technology in Learning, Kassel, Germany
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.
Ab. Rashid, R., Mohamed, S., A. Rahman, M. & Wan Shamsuddin, S. (2017). Developing Speaking Skills Using Virtual Speaking Buddy. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 12(5), 195-201. Kassel, Germany: International Journal of Emerging Technology in Learning.