Using a Role Play to Improve Stress and Intonation for Thai Learners


The purpose of this study was to improve learners' pronunciation focusing on word stress and intonation through a role play. From the purposive random sampling method, 45 of the first year bachelor's degree students who study in Rajamanagala University of Technology Isan, Nakhon Ratchasima in the first semester of the academic year 2015, were selected as the participants of the study. The instruments of this study comprised 1) pronunciation test 2) the teacher's and the students' journals 3) the self-assess checklist form 4) observation form 5) the video record transcripts. The quantitative data were analyzed and interpreted with in terms of frequency, mean (Ã_X) and standard deviation (S.D). The qualitative data were presented in forms of narrative descriptions. The results positively answered the research question by showing that the target learners who participated in the study in English Phonetics Course had improved their English pronunciation in word stress and sentence intonation through the role play activities. In additional, their attitudes towards and motivation for learning English pronunciation were enhanced reflecting through their active participation in the learning process with enjoyment and confidence as well as proper gestures in effective communication.

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Sukanya Chootharat, Rajamangala University of Technology Isan,Thailand
Anchalee Veerachaisantikul, Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, Thailand
Chattraporn Junnak, Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, Thailand

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Conference: ACAH2016
Stream: Humanities - Teaching and Learning

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