How Effects of English Theatrical Performances Influence EFL Learners’ Self-perceived Public Speaking Skills

By Yow-jyy Joyce Lee.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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This research utilized English theatrical performances in an extracurricular environment as a training aid to examine whether the students’ self-perceived English public speaking skills were empowered as a result. Forty-seven college students in Taiwan reported on their self-perceptions of their English public speaking skills after performing two 60-minute English theatrical performances to children audiences. The participants felt that after the theatrical performance, their bodily skills were strengthened the most, their vocal aspect ranked second, and their verbal aspect ranked the third. It is concluded that the participants benefited from the use of English public theatrical performance as part of the curriculum. The participants’ stronger self-confidence in nonverbal and vocal skills vs. relatively medium level of confidence in verbal skill has several implications. First, the speech instructor should initially concentrate on enhancing students’ motor skills to boost students’ confidence quickly because body language is the part where students immediately feel the progress. Second, if theatrical performance is used as an aid to English public speaking training, the instructor can emphasize training aspects of the voice, as the positive learning outcomes in voice enhances students’ learning motivation to venture further into vocal expressiveness, which are feared by many beginner learners. Third, the instructor may introduce more theatrical performances into public speaking training for better verbal fluency, adequate use of grammar, and vocabulary.

Keywords: EFL Public Speaking, English Public Speaking Skills, English Theatrical Performance

The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 22, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.19-31. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 18, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 724.715KB)).

Dr. Yow-jyy Joyce Lee

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied English, National Taichung University of Science and Technology, Taichung City, Taiwan

Dr. Yow-jyy Joyce Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Applied English at National Taichung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan. Her main research interest is finding innovative public speaking training methods, developing effective speech course design, and applying educational technology to aid public speech training.