Students’ Perceptions of Speaking English in Front of the Class Versus Speaking English via Self-Recorded Videos Posted on a Private Facebook Group
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This study investigated students’ perceptions of speaking English in front of the class versus speaking English via self-recorded videos posted on a private Facebook group. In Thailand, most Thai students are shy and have less confidence in speaking English. Providing them with a new type of practicing English might encourage them to have more confidence when speaking English. The research methods for this study included distributing questionnaires, conducting semi-structured interviews, and making observations. The data were collected from an English classroom at a government university in Northeastern Thailand and via the course’s private Facebook group. Second-year undergraduate students who enrolled in the ‘Communicative English for Tourism Industry 2’ course participated in this study. The results revealed that most students preferred speaking English via self-recorded videos posted on the private Facebook group as opposed to speaking English in front of the class. They gave various reasons such as gaining more confidence, feeling more relaxed, having more fun, and experiencing learner autonomy. Thus, using self-recorded videos posted on the private Facebook group can be an alternative English teaching and learning tool for English classes in order to enhance students’ confidence in speaking English.
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