Storytelling: The Way to Build Confidence among Low Proficiency Students

By Nor Hasni Mokhtar, Sharifah Zurina Syed Kamarulzaman and Michi Farida Abdul Halim.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Storytelling has been used as an effective teaching tool in language learning to enhance students’ communication skills and build their confidence. In addition, it gives them the opportunity to explore the language, especially the non-verbal skills. Students of lower proficiency at The National University of Malaysia (UKM), taking Foundation English courses usually lack confidence and are intimidated by the language. Consequently, they are hesitant to use the language and not motivated to do so. As storytellers, students have the opportunity to read, write, listen, and speak the language. Experimenting with different ways of telling stories is fun and gives them confidence. This activity also stresses the importance of listening and how to communicate ideas and interact with others. It is believed that with improved self-esteem and confidence, these students could learn their second language better. This paper is to report on these students’ perception on how effective storytelling is in enhancing their confidence in English language skills. The students perceived that their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills have improved after going through the storytelling activities.

Keywords: Storytelling, Confidence, Language Skills

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 9, pp.227-238. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 801.037KB).

Nor Hasni Mokhtar

Senior Language Intructor, Centre for General Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Nor Hasni is a senior language instructor at the centre. She is currently the coordinator for the Foundation English course.

Sharifah Zurina Syed Kamarulzaman

Senior Language Intructor, Centre for General Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Sharifah Zurina has more than a 20 year experience of teaching English at the tertiary level. She currently is the Course Coordinator for Workplace Communication 1 at the centre. Her specialisation is in Oral Communication.

Michi Farida Abdul Halim

Language Instructor, Centre for General Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

She is a language instructor at the Centre with about 20 years of teaching experience. Her interest is in ESP.

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