How can the teacher encourage children to speak in English during the discussion inside and outside the classroom?
Sonam Tshering, Tshering Yangden
This action research paper attempted to explore and examine the reasons why students are reluctant to converse in English inside and outside their classrooms. Further, to help students enhance their usage of English in their daily conversation through the incorporation of intervention strategies such as creating a conducive environment, talk time and speaking marathon. The samples were drawn from the students of class IX A at Drukgyel Higher Secondary school, Bhutan. Twenty-nine students took part in the study. The data was collected through questionnaires, observation and interviews. The study concluded that English, though is the medium of instruction in the school, is not much spoken by the students unless when they converse with the teachers. Though many students preferred to speak in English, yet their fear of being ridiculed refrained them from speaking in English. Given the right prospect of guidance and platform including a deliberate effort from the teacher, there was progress in the usage of English in their daily communication by the students. The students began to take pride and have fun speaking in English inside and outside the classroom.