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Research Topic :
The Use of Drama to Lower Thai Students' Speaking Anxiety in EFL Classroms
Faculty / Program : Dr.Singhanat Nomnian, Associate Professor
Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University
Background and Significance of Research :
This study aims at examining the extent to which the English drama inspired by the Northeastern Thai folklore "Pachit-Oraphim" in an English classroom can reduce high school students' classroom anxiety in speaking English. The participants were thirty-six students in the tenth and eleventh grades, who were enrolled in an English class under the School-Based Management for Local Development (SBMLD) program at a local high school in Bua Yai district, Nakhon Ratchasima province. The results reveal that the participants showed a significant increase in their self-confidence to speak English by lowering their classroom anxiety. The results also suggest that the use of folk drama could potentially alleviate their anxiety of speaking English and promote their positive attitudes toward English communication in the classroom. Moreover, students appreciated their local culture by performing this folk drama in authentic sociocultural situations. This study will be potentially beneficial for English teachers who would like to enhance students' speaking skills through a fun and meaningful folk drama performance. Culturally-responsive English language teaching through folk drama familiar to students can be an adaptable language pedagogy to increase their confidence to engage in the English classroom.
Research Scope/ Area of Studies : Secondary school in Bua Yai District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province
Objectives :
1) To decrease language learners' anxiety in English speaking
2) To learn about learners' sociocultural history and local folktales
Funding sources : -
Affiliation : Bua Yai District Local Administration, Nakhon Ratchasima Province
Interested person : Teachers and students
Cooperation level : Local collaboration
Utilization of Research : Academic citations, Teaching and learning
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Related SDG Goal : -
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