The Teaching of Grammar through Storytelling among L1 Malay Learners

Abstract

English language teachers have always been trying to find new and interesting methods of teaching English grammar in the ESL classroom. Storytelling, although an aged-old method, can captivate students’ attention, interest and imagination. This method is also known as an analogy. Generally, students find learning grammar a fearful experience because of the various grammar rules which they have to memorize and apply in communicating fluently in English. The objectives of this research are to investigate the feasibility of the use of storytelling in a grammar ESL class and determine the factors that contribute to the effectiveness of the ESL grammar lesson. Two groups of 25 students each (N=50) are conveniently selected using the convenient sampling method to facilitate the study. The participants are L1 Malay students who have enrolled in the ELC 120 English diploma course. This is an experimental research where the groups are divided into a control and experimental group. The experimental group will be treated with storytelling while the control group will use the incidental method recommended in the syllabus. A pre and post test will be administered and a comparison of both treatments should help determine the effectiveness of storytelling. A set of questionnaire will also be distributed to all the participants to gather information on their perception of learning grammar through storytelling and to determine the factors that contribute to the effectiveness of teaching grammar. It is hoped that this valuable information will aid English language teachers in the teaching of grammar.



Author Information
Cecilia Bai Rajendran, Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Johor, Malaysia
Soo Kum Yoke, Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Johor, Malaysia
Puteri Nur Hidayah, Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Johor, Malaysia
Noridah Sain, Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Johor, Malaysia
Suhaili Mohd Yusof, Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Johor, Malaysia
Sofwah Md Nawi, Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Johor, Malaysia

Paper Information
Conference: ACE2014
Stream: Languages education and applied linguistics (ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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