English Speaking Development through Synchronous Distance Teaching in Zuozhen Junior High School

  • 靖雅 曾

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to design suitable materials for synchronous distance teaching. The participants were fifteen students from Zuozhen junior high school in Tainan and fifteen college tutors from National Cheng Kung University. The junior high school students and college students paired-up in the Online Tutoring for After-School Learning Project. The students and college tutors met for ninety minutes every week, over 11 weeks in the fall semester of 2017. The researcher developed four lessons based on issues related to the region and the school. Two additional lessons were developed by the 15 college tutors based on the structure established by the researcher. The effects of these materials on English speaking anxiety, learning motivation and learning attitude were measured by pre- and post-course perception questionnaires. In addition, the students’ speaking performance was measured by a self-developed speaking test before and after the program. This study adopted paired sample t-tests to analyze the data. Semi-structured interviews and document analyses were also used as the qualitative data in order to further understand the participants’ perceptions about using the materials in the distance learning program, as well as their perspectives about attending the project. The results of this study show that the students’ speaking performance and learning attitudes had positive improvement, while the students’ speaking anxiety and learning motivation were not significantly different before and after they took part in the project. Based on the findings, this study provides pedagogical suggestions to middle schools for developing suitable course materials for conducting synchronous distance teaching.
Date of Award2018
Original languageEnglish

Keywords

  • Synchronous Distance Teaching
  • Speaking Anxiety
  • Speaking Performance
  • Learning Motivation
  • Learning Attitude

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