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The use of video-based blogs to enhance ESL students’ oral presentation skills

Sukiman, Safra Liyana (2016) The use of video-based blogs to enhance ESL students’ oral presentation skills. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi Mara.

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Abstract

The study aimed to examine the use of video-based blogs in enhancing students’ oral presentation skills in an Effective Communication course. Specifically, it explored how video-based blogs are used to enhance students’ oral presentation skills, students’ views on the use of video-based blogs in enhancing oral presentation skills and the influence of video-based blogs on students’ oral presentation skills. Fifteen undergraduate students from various engineering faculties in one public technical university were selected to participate in the study via purposive sampling. This study adopted a qualitative research approach. The data were gathered from four different data sources, (a) video-based blogs, (b) reflective journal, (c) video-recorded speeches, and (d) oral presentation scoring rubric. In this study, the video-based blogs were used repeatedly throughout the three stages of the video-based blog activities to produce an oral presentation of the same topic. The repetition is necessary in order to give ESL students ample oral practice for continuous improvement. With the repeated oral practice, students can improve their oral presentation skills. However, the use of video-based blogs should fulfil three criteria namely (a) proper planning and time management, (b) assessment of oral presentation has to be evaluated using a scoring rubric and (c) feedback has to be useful and timely. Nonetheless, challenges that compromise the effectiveness of video-based blogs such as access to the Internet connection, affective interferences, availability of recording venue, recording tools and computer software, students’ technical capability as well as weak link to real-time communication should be addressed by the language instructors before the execution of video-based blogs activities. The findings of the study also revealed that the students reacted positively to the use of video-based blogs in enhancing oral presentation skills and video-based blogs have positive influence on the students’ oral presentation skills, especially in the areas of verbal skills, non-verbal skills and content.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Depositing User: Mr. Mohammad Shaifulrip Ithnin
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 03:46
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2017 03:46
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/9230
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