Using Ideation Discussion Activities in Design Thinking to Develop EFL Students’ Speaking and Critical Thinking Abilities

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Thammanoon Buphate
Reuben H. Esteban

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Ideation, a phase of Design Thinking, merged with discussion activities is one innovative tool to encourage learners to speak and think critically towards a given topic. This research was conducted primarily to investigate the effects of ideation discussion activities in Design Thinking to speaking and critical thinking abilities of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners as well as their perception towards the concept. There were eight participants in the research study. Pre-test and post-test in speaking and critical thinking abilities, a set of survey forms, and participants’ reflective essays were the instruments used in the study. Descriptive statistics, paired sample T-test, and content analysis were employed to measure the data gathered after the participants attended the 84-hour sessions of ideation discussion activities in Design Thinking course at Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (RMUTL), Chiang Mai. Results revealed that these ideation discussion activities in Design Thinking were relevant to enhance EFL learners’ speaking and critical thinking abilities. The level of agreement and the satisfaction of learners were high after they attended the sessions. It could be said that ideation discussion activities in Design Thinking could possibly enhance speaking and critical thinking abilities of EFL learners.

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Thammanoon Buphate, College of Integrated Science and Technology, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Chiang Mai, Thailand

An English lecturer at College of Integrated Science and Technology, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (RMUTL) Chiang Mai, Thailand. As an English instructor, his passion is motivating his students to be confident in English.

Reuben H. Esteban, Language Center, Faculty of Business Administration and Liberal Arts, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Phitsanulok, Thailand

An EFL instructor with fields of interest in public speaking and communication, critical thinking, and creative thinking. At present, he is a TESOL specialist at Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (RMUTL) Phitsanulok, Thailand.

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