Snapticon: Developing effective listening skills for group oral discussion

Ngah, Ezihaslinda and Fauzi, Wan Jumani and Mohd Radzuan, Noor Raha and Abdullah, Hazlina and Mohd Ali, Amy Zulaikha and Zainal Abidin, Noor Azlinda and Mohamad Fadzillah, Fathiah Izzati (2022) Snapticon: Developing effective listening skills for group oral discussion. Asian Journal of University Education (AJUE), 18 (2). pp. 361-374. ISSN 2600-9749. (Published)

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In many higher education institutions (HEIs) around the world, one of the popular English oral assessments for ESL learners is group discussion. In group discussions, it is vital that they have the ability to manage topics in a discussion by knowing how to initiate a topic, expand on the topic, seamlessly shift from one topic to another as well as close the topic appropriately. Students are therefore required to utilise their verbal and non-verbal skills to actively interact with all group members. Listening and speaking skills are equally important for effective communication including participating in group oral discussion. In order to help ESL learners to be active participants in group discussions, a card game called Snapticon was created. Open-ended questionnaires were distributed to 25 respondents in the study and observations were made while the game was being played. It was found from the findings that the respondents were positive as they regarded the game as interesting and fun. Therefore, it can be concluded that Snapticon has the potential to be used as a learning material to help develop ESL learners’ effective listening skills in group oral discussions. Moreover, the use of Snapticon enables learners to be interactionally competent when participating in group oral discussions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Effective listening skills; Gamification; Group discussions; Interactional competence; ESL learners
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Faculty/Division: Center for Modern Languages
Depositing User: Ms. Ezihaslinda Ngah
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2022 06:55
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2022 06:55
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