This research was carried out in order to investigate Thai secondary school teachers’ perception of English oral presentation techniques and abilities. The participants of this study were 70 Thai secondary school teachers from various schools in Thailand. The subjects were purposely selected because all of them had experience in teaching English and giving oral presentations in English. The instrument used in this research is a 5-point Likert Scale questionnaire ranging from ‘strongly agree’ to ‘strongly disagree’. The questionnaire consisted of four parts: 1) general background information of the respondents, 2) respondents’ perception of their English oral presentation techniques, 3) respondent’s perception of their English oral presentation abilities, and 4) suggestions and other opinions. The data were analyzed in terms of percentage, mean, and standard deviation. The results of this study revealed that most Thai secondary school teachers perceived themselves as having the ability to use common oral presentation techniques. The majority of the subjects reported that they used facial expressions and other non-verbal communication in their presentations the most. They also used the technique of grabbing the audience’s attention by describing pictures, using anecdotes, or telling stories. With respect to the respondents’ perception of oral presentation abilities, most of the subjects responded that making good eye contact with the audience is their top skill. However, the majority were uncertain whether, overall, their oral presentation skills were good. In addition, they were unsure whether they could talk fluently and accurately on unfamiliar topics.
Tirush Rumpanpetch, Silpakorn University, Thailand
Stream: Learning Strategies
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