TAILIEUCHUNG - Improving english speaking skills for english majored students through poster - making activities: A tool of multiple intelligences

This study aims at investigating the effect of using poster-making activities as a multiple intelligences (MI) tool on improving learning motivation and developing English speaking skills for English major students. | Tạp chí Khoa học Ngôn ngữ và Văn hóa Tập 1, Số 1, 2017 IMPROVING ENGLISH SPEAKING SKILLS FOR ENGLISH MAJORED STUDENTS THROUGH POSTER-MAKING ACTIVITIES: A TOOL OF MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES Chau Van Don* Phu Yen University Ngày nhận bài: 10/12/2016; ngày hoàn thiện: 7/1/2017; ngày duyệt đăng: 15/3/2017 Abstract This study aims at investigating the effect of using poster-making activities as a multiple intelligences (MI) tool on improving learning motivation and developing English speaking skills for English major students. Based on the literature review and related studies, a list of 05 most related skills to English speaking skills were selected for the English speaking training program. The experimental group consisted of 30 second-year students. Tools of the study included a training program based on using poster-making activities as an MI tool to improve students‟ learning motivation and develop their English speaking skills, an MI questionnaire, and 03 English speaking pre-post tests administered before, during and after the training course. The experimental speaking training program was taught to students during a 15-week period. The results show that the experimental program has brought positive impacts on students‟ learning motivation and improved their speaking skills. Key words: multiple intelligences, poster-making activities, motivation, speaking skills 1. Introduction . Rationale The English language has become an international language of communication. The main function of our daily language-using activities is to achieve the communicative goals. However, for the majority of Vietnamese language learners, English oral communicative skills are considered the most difficult to be developed. However, with the traditional method of training and developing English speaking skills for EFL students, it seems that much attention is paid to only linguistic and logical skills. Gardner, H (1983) argued that most of the schools and organizations normally .

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