English teachers’ perceptions about using role play to develop speaking skill
Vázquez Ruiz, Dulce Ilsy
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“English learners may have different learning purposes to learn a foreign language. Some learners need to read different types of academic texts; therefore, reading is the most important skill for them. Other learners need to translate different types of texts which require them to demonstrate their writing skill. There may be learners who want to understand other speakers in different contexts; for this reason, listening and speaking are the most important skills to be developed. In the language classroom, teachers need to help students to develop the four skills; however, not all the skills are emphasized. Specifically, this research focused English teachers‟ perceptions about using role play to develop speaking skill. According to Bygate (1987, p. 1) “speaking is a skill which deserves attention every bit as much as literary skills, in both first and second languages.” Because speaking is the most common and used means of communication among human beings, learners need to be able to speak with confidence in different situations. Unfortunately, the reality is different in the classroom. Students can hardly communicate; they can hardly express themselves with their own words. Consequently, a greater emphasis should be given to speaking in the language classroom.”
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