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Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1. Rationale of the study
Nowadays English language has gained its significance among a number of foreign
languages such as French, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, etc in the world as well as in
Vietnam. The importance of English has been realized in Vietnam because English is
considered to play a crucial role on the path of industrialization and modernization of the
country. Therefore, English is now taught in almost every school, college, university and
language centre all over the country.
One of the main tasks assigned to foreign language teaching at school is that of training
students to be communicatively competent. In an industrialized and modernized society, and in
the time of globalization, communicative competence is required in the spoken as well as
written form. It means communication can be conducted orally or in written documents. In
many fields of life, being able to speak English is a necessity. For high school leavers, a good
oral communicative competence in English may enable them to get a scholarship in a
university in an English speaking country such as in the USA, in Britain, in Australia and so
on, which is believed to ensure a much brighter future for them. Moreover, high school leavers
who can speak English are easier to find a job with quite a big salary in a foreign company or a
joint venture one, or to do an oversea job. Especially, graduates of a good command of English
whose basic knowledge is what they obtain at school have a great deal of chances to be offered
a good job with a big salary in a both state and private company. Thus, it is obvious that being
able to speak English brings about a better career prospect.
At Gia Loc senior secondary school, like at many other high schools in Vietnam,
English has been a compulsory subject in secondary curriculum for many years. The fact is
that, due to the demand of the senior secondary school graduation and university entrance
examinations, the students' focus is on grammar and vocabulary, which means little attention
has been paid to speaking skill.
Besides, teaching English at school is mainly performed with a traditional method- the
Grammar Translation method, which focuses mainly on grammatical and vocabulary items. As
a result, students who are passive recipients become structurally competent but
While speaking may be a necessity for school leavers, and may serve as a “keystone”
in successful communication, evidence shows that too many school students are unwilling to
take part in speaking activities in class. This may be caused by many factors, among which is
the lack of motivation.
Motivation is one of the key issues in language teaching and it has long been believed
to have a good impact on success or failure of a language learner. Skills and techniques to
motivate students to practise the four basic skills, especially speaking skill, are essential for
language teachers. Many researchers in the world namely, Gardner (1985), Ellis (1997),
Littlewood (1998), Zoltan Dornyei (2001) and so on, have investigated what motivation is and
what dimensions of motivation have effects on second language learning. In Vietnam, there
have been a few studies on motivation of learners in English learning both in general and in
particular skills such as speaking, listening, reading and writing. Yet no researcher has
conducted investigation into the development of motivation in speaking skill for senior
secondary school students in rural areas such as at Gia Loc senior secondary school.
1.2. Aims of the study
This study is carried out to meet the following aims:
1. To investigate the current English speaking teaching and learning situation at Gia
Loc senior secondary school.
2. To identify the motivation and factors making the students reluctant to speak in
3. To give an insight into the speaking teaching techniques used to motivate the
students to take part in speaking activities.
4. To suggest some realistic and appropriate class teaching techniques to help the
students better their speaking skill.
1.3. Scope of the study
In order to improve speaking skill for students at Gia Loc senior high school, the
teachers can make use of a variety of techniques and a number of things should be done.
However, the researcher's intention is only to overview a brief of current situation of English
teaching and learning speaking English in grade 11 and to identify the factors making the
students reluctant to speak, to study some techniques used by the teachers to see if they
workable, and to make some suggestions on useful techniques to help the students better their
speaking skill .
1.4. Methods of the study
To achieve the aims of the study, both quantitative and qualitative methods are used
and the following tasks are involved:
- Collecting data for the analysis from 186 students grade 11.
- Collecting data for the analysis from eight teachers teaching English in the school.
- Interviewing eight students for further information of the study.
All comments, remarks, recommendations and conclusion are based on the data
1.5. Design of the study.
This minor thesis is divided into five chapters.
The first chapter, INTRODUCTION, presents the rationale, the aims, scope, methods
and design of the study. Definitions of terms are also presented in this chapter.
The second chapter, REVIEW OF LITERATURE, presents various concepts most
relevant to the research topic such as definition of motivation, motivation in L2 learning, types
and importance of motivation, and factors affecting motivation in L2 learning. Furthermore,
the following are also included in this chapter: definition of speaking, the importance of
speaking, approaches to develop speaking skill, the teaching of speaking in rural area and at
senior secondary school.
Chapter three, METHODOLOGY, provides the methodology underlying the research
which includes the general information about the study subjects, the teaching and learning
speaking situation at Gia Loc senior high school. This chapter also focuses on the methods of
Chapter four, PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS OF DATA, gives a detailed
presentation of data and a detailed description of data analysis. Some explanations and
interpretations of the findings of the study are also presented.
Chapter five, PEDAGOGICAL IMPLICATIONs AND CONCLUSION, provides the
summary of the findings, emphasizes the implication of the study in which certain techniques
for improving speaking skill to the students at Gia Loc senior high school are suggested. In
addition, this chapter also points out the limitations of the study and provides some
suggestions for further studies.
1.6. Definitions of terms
Since terms used in special education are often somewhat unique to the area, the terms
relevant to this research are defined as below:
Aptitude: refers to learners’ ability to learn an L2.
EFL: stands for English as a foreign language.
Global motivation: refers to a general orientation to the goal of an L2 learning.
Instrumental motivation: refers to the desire to obtain something practical from the
study of an L2.
Integrative motivation: can be seen as an orientation of a successful learner who shows
an interest in people speaking the target language, the culture and customs in that society.
( Falk, 1987 )
Extrinsic motivation: refers to learners' reasons for language learning which derives
from the influence of some kinds of external incentives (Ur, 1996)
Intrinsic motivation: refers to learners' interest in language learning activities (Ellis,
Integrative motive: a broad concept which includes attitude, integrativeness and
L2: refers to a target language that learners aim to master. The L2 in this study refers
to English as a foreign language which is taught at Gia Loc high school.
Learner preference: implies a learner’s natural, habitual, preferred way of absorbing,
processing and retaining new information and skills.
Learning strategies: are the ways learners use to accumulate new L2 items and
automate existing rules.
Motivation: implies an internal force or reason for an action. It describes a person’s
willingness to attempt to reach any goal.
` Motivation in L2 learning: can be defined as a combination of effort and desire to
achieve the goal of language learning plus a favorable attitude towards learning the language.
( Gardner, 1985 )
Physical conditions: refers to the classroom, the classroom size, desks, chairs, tables
Proficiency: shows the learner’s ability to perform well in L2 learning.
Target language: refers to the language that learners are trying to master other than
their mother tongue.
Teachers: refers to the teachers who teach English at the school.
CHAPTER 2: review of literature
Chapter 2, Review of Literature, presents some of the most important issues in the
theories of motivation for teaching language in general and teaching speaking in particular,
and speaking, namely, theoretical background and the nature of speaking.
2.1. Theoretical background of motivation
2.1.1. Definitions of motivation.
There have been so far many researches on the theory of motivation which have
generally come to a conclusion that motivation is an abstract concept used to describe the
willingness of a person to expand effort to reach a particular goal.
Some scholars and psychologists of the first half of the 20
century determined two
interior factors of motivation, instincts and drives, which are of great importance in our lives.
However, in the second half of the 20
century, researchers found that self- actualizing
tendencies are the central force in motivation in people. Maslow (1970), analysises two
groupings of seven levels of basic needs. They are deficiency needs including physiological,
safety, belongingness and love, and being needs consisting of cognitive, aesthetic and self-
actualization. Williams and Burden (1997) points out
"Motivation is concerned with such issues as why people decide to act in certain ways
and what factors influence the choices they make. It also involves decisions as to the
amount of effort people are prepared to expand in attempting to achieve their goals."
The concept of motivation has recently been seen differently “How individual s’
conscious attitudes, beliefs, and interpretation of events influence their behaviour.”
(Dornyei: 2001). He states, “ Motivation explains why people decide to do something, how
hard they are going to pursue it and how long they are willing to sustain the activities.”
2.1.2. Motivation in second language learning
Motivation is not only a vital but also a highly complex factor determining success
or failure in L2 learning. Therefore, the concept of motivation in L2 learning has been studied
by a number of authors. Keller (1984) (quoted in Ellis, 1994) defines "interest" as one of the
major components of motivation in foreign and second language learning. Nonetheless,
Gardner (1985) sees the important role of effort and desire to achieve the learning goal
“Motivation in the present context refers to the combination of effort plus desire to achieve the
goal of learning plus favourable attitudes towards learning the language. (1985:10)”
Similarly, Ellis (1997) emphasizes the role of attitudes and effective states Motivation“
involves the attitudes and effective states that influence the degree of effort that learners make
to learn an L2. (p 75)”
Meanwhile, Littlewood (1998), sees the complex combination of motivation from
many different components:
In second language learning as in every other field of human learning, motivation is
the crucial force which determines whether a learner embarks on a task at all, how
much energy he devotes to it, and how long he perceives. It is a complex phenomenon
and includes many components: the individual s drive, need for achievement and’
success, curiosity, desire for stimulation and new experience , and so on. ( 1998: 53 )
In addition, it is the need and drive to communicate with others in a new language that
provide strong motivation for most learners (McKay and Tom, 1999:2)
However, Gardner and Lambert (1972), two dominant researchers of the social
psychological approach, propose that the broad concept of the “integrative motie” consists of
three main components: attitude, integrativeness and motivation.
There are some other new approaches the researchers of which wish to make close the
gap between theories of motivation in educational psychology and in the L2 field. The
researchers of this period added some new elements to the concept of L2 motivation. In his
framework of motivation, Dornyei (1994) classifies three levels: language level, learner level
and learning situational level, and in each level there are some different elements (Adapted
from Dornyei, 2001). Moreover, Marion Williams and Bob Burden (1997), propose a detailed
framework of L2 motivation with the Internal and External motivational influence. They
analyse nine internal factors as follow: intrinsic interest of activity, perceived value of activity,
sense of agency, mastery, self-concept, attitudes, affective states such as confidence, anxiety
and fear, developmental age and gender. The external factors consist of human factors such as
parents, teachers, peers, feedback, rewards or punishments, the learning environment and the
boarder context(Adapted from Dornyei, 2001)
2.1.3. Types of motivation in second language learning
Gardner and Lambert (1985:10) distinguished integrative and instrumental as two
types of motivation. Besides, researchers have added some other kinds such as resultative,
intrinsic, extrinsic, global, situational and task motivation.
* Integrative motivation . This type of motivation occurs when learners wish to identify
with the culture of the L2 group. When speaking the target language, learners admire the
culture and have a desire to become familiar with the society in which the language is used
(Falk, 1978). It is, therefore, the interest in the people and culture of the language that create
student motivation in L2 learning and this type of motivation lies in the realm of intrinsic need.
* Instrumental motivation. This is characterised by the desire to obtain something
practical from the study of L2 (Hudson, 2000). Ellis (1994) states "Some functional reasons
such as to pass an examination, to get a better job or to get a university place motivate
learners to learn an L2 because it opens up educational and economic opportunities for
Instrumental motivation, therefore, occurs when learners need the target language as an
instrumental to get a particular goal such as getting good marks in the tests or exams, a
university place or a reward, a job or a pay rise, and it is the reflection of an external need.
* Resultative motivation. Motivation is not only the cause of achievement, it is also the
result of learning. Learning success may encourage learners to learn better. Ellis (1994) points
out that the relationship between motivation and achievement is an interactive one and "A
high level of motivation does stimulate learning, but perceived success in achieving l2 goals
can help to maintain existing motivation and even create new ones." (1994: 515)
*Intrinsic motivation. This type of motivation plays a vital role in most learners' L2
learning success or failure. For many learners, the reason for learning an L2 is the "interest in
the culture and the target language group" or the "positive attitudes towards the target
language group" while for some others it is the interest in learning tasks. Teaching methods
and learning activities may attract them, arouse and maintain their interest in doing the tasks.
In short, intrinsic motivation "Involves the arousal and maintenance of curiosity and can ebb
and flow as a result of such factors as learners' particular interests and the extent to which
they fell personality involved in learning activities." (Ellis, 1994:76)
*Extrinsic motivation derives from the influence of some kinds of external incentives,
including the influence of the teacher, the learner's desire to please significant people or their
wish to succeed in an external exam, or peer group influence, which are different from the
wish to learn for its own sake or interest in learning tasks.
* Global motivation. Brown (1994) defines global motivation as a general orientation to
the goal of an L2 learning which may be affected by such factors as previous education, social
factors as well as the teacher's attitudes.
* Situational motivation refers to the learning context: classroom, total environment
assumed to be influenced by teacher action. Brown (1994) distinguishes the difference in
situational motivation according to the situation in which learning takes place. Thus the
motivation in the classroom setting differs from that in natural setting.
* Task motivation. This motivation occurs when learners are performing some
particular tasks in learning performance. An attractive task designed by the teacher in class
may encourage learners to invest their effort and energy in.
2.1.4. The importance of motivation in second language learning
The overall findings of the researches on motivation are that positive attitude and
motivation are closely related to success in L2 learning (Gardner, 1985) . According to Caroll
(1962) , motivation decides the amount of time a learner will spend on the task of language
learning. She claims: “ The more motivation a learner has, the more time he or she will spend
learning an aspect of a second language” (Carol, 1962).
Labonde (1982) also makes a conclusion that motivation is an important factor that
helps to determines the level of proficiency achieved by a learner.
Finegan (1999:568) sees the vital role of integrative motivation in L2 learning
"Integrative motivation typically underlines successful acquisition of a wide range of registers
and a native-like pronunciation." Besides, Ellis (1994:513) finds that learners with Integrative
motivation were more active in class and were less likely to drop out.
Motivation not only plays an important role in learning, it helps the teaching as well.
Lite, (2002) confirms "Motivation is the backbone of any classroom. When the students are
motivated, the teacher can perform his/her job the best." (2002, Jan.)
Norris-Holt (2001) also points out "Motivation is an important factor in L2
achievement." (2001, Jun.)
2.1.5. Factors affecting motivation in second language learning
18.104.22.168. Learners' factors
* Intelligence: refers to performance on certain kinds of tests (Lightbown & Spada,
*Aptitude: According to Lightbown and Spada (1999:53) aptitude consists of:
(1) the ability to identify and memorize new sounds
(2) the ability to understand the function of particular words in sentences.
(3) the ability to figure out grammatical rules from language samples.
(4) the ability to memorize new words.
* Personality: Lightbown and Spada (1999) list a number of personality characteristics:
extroversion, inhibition, self-esteem, empathy, dominance, talkativeness and responsiveness.
In general, researchers have drawn a conclusion that personality has a great influence on the
success of second language learners.
* Learners' preferences refer to learning style describing "an individual's natural,
habitual, and preferred way of absorbing, processing, and retaining new information and
skill"(Reid, 1995) (cited in Lightbown and Spada, 1999). Learners have their own preferences
in acquiring new knowledge and can fall into the following groups: visual learners, aural
learners and kinaesthetic learners or field independent and field dependent learners.
* Learners' beliefs: Learners have their own strong beliefs in the way to learn the
language and how their instruction should be delivered based on previous learning experiences
and assumption (Lightbown and Spada, 1999:59). Moreover, they also have their own
expectations of how classes should be organized or taught (McKay and Tom, 1999).
* Age of acquisition: Children are believed to be better than adults in acquiring an L2 in
general and in speaking the new language with native-like fluency in particular. This is
because there supposed to be a critical period for second language acquisition which ends
around puberty or even earlier. In his study on the effect of age on the L2 acquisition,
Patkowski (1980) finds "Age of acquisition is a very important factor in setting limits on the
development of native-like mastery of a second language and that this limitation does not
apply only to accent" (cited in Lightbown and Spada, 1999).
22.214.171.124. Teachers' factors
Dornyei (2001) points out the following teachers' factors and appropriate teacher
* Enthusiasm: The result of a survey conducted by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi shows that
the most influential teachers are the enthusiastic ones (1997). Teachers can create student
willingness to pursue knowledge by showing their love, dedication and passion together with
commitment towards the subject matter. Furthermore, teachers should clearly identify reasons
for their love and interest in the L2 and then share these reasons with their students (Good &
* Commitment to the students' academic progress: Showing commitment towards their
students' learning and progress, at the same time caring for what they have learnt and
succeeded are a necessity for language teachers (Dornyei, 2001). They can do this by offering
concrete assistance, responding immediately when help is requested, correcting tests and
papers promply, arranging extra-assignments and so on. Besides, when students are treated as
if they are eager learners, it is more likely that they will become eager learners (Brophy,
* Teachers' expectations: Students tend to perform at a level consistent with the teachers'
expectations. When high expectations are set by teachers, students seem to perform better at
the subject matter and even feel more competent (Good &Brophy, 1987).
* Good relationship with students: Teachers should make close the gap between teacher
and students by being friendly, helpful, tolerant, smiling instead of shouting at them and never
creating stressful atmosphere in the classroom. Remembering students' names, is also of great
importance when teachers wish to make good impression on students.
* Acceptance: Teachers should not be rigid but flexible and be always ready to accept a
variety of students' answers since acceptance together with empathy and congruence is of great
influence in the development of student-centred teaching.
* Ability to listen and pay attention to students: Listening to a person is the single most
powerful transaction that occurs between ourselves and another person (Wlodkowski,
1986:28). Students will be motivated when teachers convey personal attention to them by
noticing interesting features of their appearance, asking them about their life after class,
showing interest in their hobby, moving around in class, etc.
126.96.36.199. Teaching and learning conditions
* Physical conditions: Physical conditions in the classroom, including the classroom
size, chairs, desks, tables, lights, boards and even bulletin boards, affect students' motivation
either positively or negatively. In addition, the decoration: posters, flowers, funny objects also
has a strong influence on the classroom atmosphere. More importantly, the ownership of the
classroom among students should be created as "Personalising the classroom can be seen as
students' exercising increasing control over their environment" (Dornyei, 2001:42).
* A pleasant and supportive atmosphere in the classroom: Learners seem to feel less
anxious and less constrained but more secured to take part in learning activities in supportive,
cooperative and encouraging atmosphere since the supportive and non-threatening atmosphere
make a contribution to learners' motivation (Lightbown and Spada, 1999).
In short, motivation which is affected by a number of factors is considered to play a vital
role in L2 teaching and learning. The four main types of motivation should be seen as
complementary rather than as distinct and oppositional. A learner can be both integratively and
instrumentally motivated at once and at the same time. Motivation is also of great importance
in learning L2 speaking. The following part will deal with the nature of speaking.
2.2. The nature of speaking
2.2.1. Definitions of speaking
Bygate defines " Oral expression involves not only the use of the right sounds in the
patterns of rhythm and intonation, but also the choice of words and inflections in the right
order to convey the right meaning". (cited in Mackey, 1965:266)
According to Brown and Yule's (1983) spoken language consists of short, fragmentary
utterances, in a range of pronunciation. There is often a great deal of repetition and overlap
between one speaker and another, and speakers usually use non-specific references. They also
point out that in speaking the loosely-organized syntax, and non-specific words and phrases are
used, spoken language is, therefore, made to feel less conceptually dense than written
More importantly, speaking, a productive skill, is known to have two main types of
conversation namely, dialogue and monologue, which are rather different. In monologue, you
give uninterrupted oral presentation while in dialogue you interact with one or more other
speakers for transactional and international purposes.
It is noticeable from the two productive language skills that speaking is different from
writing in both processing conditions and reciprocity conditions. " First, spoken language is
affected by the time limitations, and the associated problems of planning, memory, and
production under pressure. Second, it is reciprocal activity, which has a crucial effect on the
kinds of decisions to be made." (Bygate, 1987:11-12)
2.2.2. The importance of speaking
Speaking plays an utmost important role among the four language skills since it helps to
identify who knows or does not know a language. Pattison (1992) points out that when people
mention knowing or learning a language, they mean being able to speak the language.
In a social context, social roles are likely to be taken by those who learn and know how
to speak, but not by those who do not have this skill. It cannot be denied that speaking deserves
as much attention as or even more attention than written skill. In order to carry out many of
the most basic transactions, it is necessary for learners to speak with confidence.
2.2.3. Approaches to the teaching of speaking
188.8.131.52. Proficiency or the native speaker
There are two very different views of the goal of language teaching, native speaker and
proficiency. Davies (1994) distinguishes the two very different views of the goal of language
teaching, the goal of the native speaker and the goal of a proficiency level "A second language
learner may attain native speaker levels of proficiency and therefore be indistinguishable from
a native speaker"(1994:145). He also points out that the native speaker seems at first more
obvious, less abstract. Proficiency, however, appears to be less easily graspable and it is an
abstract construct, which does not occur in nature. As a result, we have to invent it, find
something to stand for it.
Since the native speaker is a fine myth, in teaching speaking we need it as a model, a
goal and almost an inspiration, but not a measure. Davies (1994:157) confirms that what is
crucial for language teaching is the definability of partial proficiency. The native speaker is the
construct whereas proficiency is its metric.
184.108.40.206. Accuracy or fluency
Accuracy in language teaching involves the correct use of vocabulary, grammar and
pronunciation. In controlled and guided activities , accuracy is usually the focus and the
teacher makes it clear from feedback that accuracy is important. Ongoing correction is often
appropriate during accuracy activities. In freer activities the teacher's hopes are the students'
correct use of the language and ability to communicate as well.
Fluency can be considered to be the ability to keep the talk going when speaking
spontaneously. When speaking fluently students should be able to get the message across with
whatever resources and abilities they have, regardless of grammatical and other mistakes.
Normally, students should not be corrected during fluency activities. In feedback afterwards,
on the other hand, favourable comment on strategies is needed to increase their fluency.
220.127.116.11. Phases to teach speaking
Byrne (1991: 22-31) distinguishes three following phases to develop learners' oral
* Phase 1: The Presentation Phase
In this phase teachers play a centre role. They work as an information provider as they
know the language, select teaching materials and the ways to present the materials. What
students usually do in this phase is to observe and listen to the teacher, i.e. they passively
receive information. As we know, dialogue and prose are two forms in which oral materials are
presented in every course book, and these forms are presented in different ways.
Byrne (1991:22) identifies ten different steps to present a dialogue as follow:
(1) Establish setting by using pictures. At this step English should be used as much as
(2) Draw out learners' experience related to situation.
(3) Explain some key words.
(4) Set listening task by asking key information of the dialogue.
(5) Ask learners listen without looking at the book.
(6) Allow learners to have a look at their book when necessary for them.
(7) Ask the learners to listen and repeat.
(8) Ask learners to pick up difficulties and explain them.
(9) Ask them to practice ( role-play).
(10) Ask them to dramatize the dialogue.
These steps are known to be perfect and in logical order. However, not all of them must
always be used.
The following nine steps are suggested to present a prose passage by Byrne (1991:26):
(1) Introduce the topic by asking learners to look at the picture or asking them about
(2) Introduce the text. New words and structures are given.
(3) Provide relevant practice.
(4) Set the reading task: make questions.
(5) Ask the learners to read the passage in silence and find the answers.
(6) Ask learners to read again aloud and ask for the answer.
(7) Explain difficulties they still have.
(8) Do silent reading again because learners need to go on with step nine.
(9) Get the learners to talk about what they have to learn based on the previous answers.
* The Practice Phase
It is the time for learners to do the most of talking as they are provided maximum
amount of practice in the form of controlled and guided activities to improve vocabulary and
grammar knowledge as well as fluency of speaking. The activities are usually pair work,
group work or sometimes learners do individual work.
* The production Phase
At the last phase of learning speaking learners are given chances to speak English freely.
Being in a real situation, learners use English by themselves, not nearly depend on the teacher's
help. Free activities are also in the form of individual work, pair work and group work.
However, pair work and group work are of great importance and effectiveness as all learners
can have chance to participate in talks, and they seem more confident and more motivated.
Moreover, this can save a great deal of time.
In the process of teaching speaking, improvement of the speaking ability will be gained
if these three phases are followed orderly. Nevertheless, the practical application much
depends on such factors as the time and the material used etc.
2.3.4. Teaching speaking in rural areas
The teaching of speaking in rural area are far more difficult than in urban area. The
dominant language used outside the classroom is the mother tongue, Vietnamese. There are no
mass media contacts with English, except through some TV programmes, and some
newspapers which are hardly accessible to the students. Moreover, there is tremendous peer
pressure, both among the teachers and the students, not to use English except in English
classes. Anyone speaking English will be looked at as a strange creature. Therefore, what
teachers have to do to improve speaking skill among their students is really hard work. Andrew
(1984:97-100) makes some suggestions on the teaching of speaking in rural areas as follow:
(1) Creating a subculture of English in a rural setting
(2) Creating a make-believe world in the classroom
(3) Creating a content-challenging milieu in the classroom.
2.3.5. Teaching speaking in secondary school
At the secondary school level, and especially in the senior years, the task of maintaining
students' interest and having obtainable short term goals may prove more difficult. With the
focus of study: being directed towards university entrance examinations students generally
have little desire or indeed motivation to improve language proficiency. Therefore, "Teachers
need to create interesting lessons in which the students' attention is gained." (Norris-Holt,
2001). Norris-Holt also emphasizes the importance of an interesting text in helping to create
motivation among students in the classroom "They can create a great deal of interaction and
help to motivate students to develop their language skills"(Norris- Holt, 2001).
Normally, at secondary school, a series of the grammatical items to be taught in any one
year is listed. However, it does not imply that the teaching is solely based on grammatical parts
rather than the language as a whole. Johnson and Morrow1981:61) points out that one
principle of CLT " the whole is more than the sum of its parts."
When saying about Communicative Language Teaching in secondary school,
Kirkpatrick discusses the "role of fluency exercises and the grammar-based syllabus". He says
that whoever wants to be able to speak a language well must try and speak it. This, in turn,
means that the learner is going to make mistakes when he/ she tries to speak the language in
order to speak it well. He comes to conclusion "Grammar-based syllabus and Communicative
Language Teaching need not be enemies but can work together happily" (Bikram, K. DAS
In short, this chapter conceptualizes the discussion of issues and aspects concerning the
topic of the study. First, it concerns the concepts and ideas relating to motivation in general
and in L2 in particular, the types and the importance of motivation, factors affecting student
motivation in L2 learning. Then comes an overview on the nature of speaking in which the
definition, the importance of speaking are discussed. Besides, the teaching of speaking in rural
areas and in secondary school, and approaches to teaching speaking are presented as well.
The following chapters will present the investigation, the findings and recommendations
of the research under the light of the above discussed theories.
Chapter three: methodology
3.1. An overview of the research site.
Gia Loc senior secondary school, the research site, situated in the centre of Gia Loc
town, Hai Duong province, was established in 1961. It has for many years been the most
reliable address for students and parents of the district and one of the first nationally-
standardized high schools in Hai Duong province.
The school has 36 classes with over 80 teachers of different subjects. English is taught
here as a compulsory subject by nine English teachers aged from 25 to 50. Currently, there are
approximately 1620 students ranged from grade 10 to grade 12. Most of the students come
from villages in the district.
Therefore, the teaching of English in general, and the teaching speaking English in
particular has encountered with a great deal of difficulties. Only a few students wish to take
university entrance exams in English, which means few students have real interest in learning
English. In other words, not much attention is paid to English by the majority of the students.
The learning of speaking is far worse. First, in classroom interaction, the students are
enthusiastic when familiar subject matters are presented in Vietnamese; students to students
interaction, even in English lessons is conducted in Vietnamese, except when they are asked
to use English by their teachers. In explaining new words, new concepts and new structures,
English is rarely used because the students would not understand if they were explained in
English. By and large, in English lessons, there is a predominance of teacher-talk. As the
students grow older, in the upper grades, they become more reluctant to speak. What is
alarming is that, there is not only poor speaking comprehension but responding in English as
well in this school. To answer the teachers' questions, the students usually use Vietnamese
when they do not know the words in English or when they wish to ask a question but cannot
express themselves with confidence in English. It means they do not try to use English as
much as possible. Second, there is tremendous peer pressure both among the teachers and
among the students, not to speak English outside the classroom. In fact, if one spoke in
English, one would be thought unusual, isolated and even a show-off. Third, there has so far
been no-one who is a native English speaker coming to our school as supervisor, which means
the students have no real condition to use English. What is more, large classes with at least 43
students in each is one trouble in teaching speaking. Last but not least, the school rules also
cause difficulties in organizing communicative games to stimulate the students to speak.
Thus for practical purposes, the natural use of English in our school is confined to the
artificial classroom context, between four walls, in the English language class and under the
3.2. Subjects of the study
The subjects of this study consist of 194 participants placed into two groups:
The first group involves 186 students grade 11 randomly chosen at Gia Loc senior
secondary school. They have been learning English for at least nearly two years (some learnt
English at junior secondary school, but some did not).
The other group has eight teachers aged from 25 to 50. They have been teaching English
at school for at least 8 years. They studied CLT at VNU- college of foreign languages.
3.3. Methods of data collection
The data collection methods applied in this study were aimed at collecting both
quantitative and qualitative data to make use of analytical-monological and exploratory-
interpretive paradigms in applied linguistics (Nunan, 1996). The quantitative data were
collected from two questionnaires and were analyzed statistically whereas the qualitative data
were obtained from the structured interview.
3.3.1. Questionnaire for students
The first questionnaire, consisting of 11 questions, was delivered to 186 students grade
11 at Gia Loc senior secondary school. The aims of this were to elicit:
(1) Kinds of motivation to learn speaking English of the subjects (question 2).
(2) The students' attitudes towards speaking skill (questions 1, 3, 4)
(3) Factors making the students reluctant to speak English in class (questions 5-8)
(4) The students' interest and desire (question 9,10, 11)
With questions 1, 3, 4, 7 and 8 the students must choose only one answer A, B, C or D
while they can choose more than one answers to questions 2, 5, 6, 9 10 and 11.
3.3.2. Questionnaire for teachers
The second questionnaire, which includes 8 questions, was delivered to 8 English
teachers at the research site. The purpose of this questionnaire was to identify:
(1) Teachers' opinion on the time to create motivation for students to speak (question 1)
(2) Difficulties teachers have encountered in teaching speaking at Gia Loc senior
secondary school (question 3)
(3) Teachers' attitude towards unwilling speakers and mistake makers (question 4, 5)
(4) Their current teaching techniques and communicative activities used in class to
motivate the students to speak (question 2, 6, 7, 8)
To answer questions 1,4,5 and 7 the teachers must select only one from the four
alternatives, meanwhile, with the others more than one alternatives are correct.
3.3.3. The structured interview
Two interviews were carried out in Vietnamese in the form of an informal conversation
between the researcher and 8 students divided into two groups after the students had done the
survey questionnaire. The 30-minute interviews were structured with a list of 13 open-ended
questions in a predetermined order. The data were recorded, transcribed for the analysis
purpose, and then translated into English (for the interview transcripts, see appendix 3). The
interview protocol was adapted from "Qualitative inquiry and research design choosing among
five traditions" by John W. Cresswell (1997).
The third chapter has presented the research site whose notable contextual feature is that
learning English is compulsory and students tend to put their focus on grammar and
vocabulary. Besides, the subjects of study and the data collection methods have also been
discussed in this chapter. In the next chapter, the data analysis and discussion will be
Chapter 4: Presentation and analysis of data
This chapter will present and analyse the data collected from the survey questionnaires
and interview. First, all the collected information from the survey questionnares was read
through to obtain a sense of the overall data and the interview transcriptions were jotted down
in the form of reflective notes and sumaries of field notes. The information was then alculated
into the percentage and it is expressed as a percentage in the form of tables.
4.1. Presentation and analysis of data
4.1.1. Kinds of motivation possessed by the students at Gia Loc Senior Secondary
School in learning speaking English.
There are several types of motivation in L2 learning discussed in chapter 2. The
concentration of this study, however, mainly focused on the following: integrative,
instrumental, resultative, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.
Questions Options A B C D E
Tại sao em học nói tiếng Anh?
A. Nó nâng cao kiến thức ngữ pháp, từ vựng và
ngữ âm giúp em vợt qua các kì thi.
B. Nó cho phép em nói chuyện với ngời nói tiếng
C. Nó giúp em hiểu và hát những bài hát tiếng
D. Em thờng đợc điểm cao khi nói trên lớp.
E. Nó giúp em có đợc cơ hội học đại học ở nớc
ngoài hay làm việc cho một công ty nớc ngoài sau
khi tốt nghiệp phổ thông hay đại học.
68% 17% 25% 13% 45%
`Table 4.1. Kinds of motivation possessed by the students
Table 4.1 reveals that the highest percentage of the students (68%) percieved that
speaking skill could improve their knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and phonology which
help them to do their tests and exams well. Nearly a half (45%) claimed that getting a chance
to have a university place abroad or a work place in a foreign company after finishing school
or university was their underlying reason. A quarter (25%) said speaking skill helped them to
understand and sing beautiful English songs while17% identified the major reason for learning
speaking English as a means to communicate with English speaking people. The lowest
percentage of the students (13%) was found to possess resultive motivation. This appears that
better result does not lead to high motivation. Moreover, it could also be found out in the
interview that the primary reason for the students to learn speaking English was their good test
and exam results or future career, where six out of eight interviewees listed those reasons at
the first ground. The following were some of their answers:
+ "Nói tiếng Anh tốt sẽ giúp em nâng cao kiến thức ngôn ngữ tiếng Anh nói chung , vì
vậy em có thể làm bài thi và bài kiểm tra tốt"
Speaking English well helps me to improve
my knowledge of English in general, so I can do my tests and exams well
+ "Em cũng nghĩ vậy"
I do think so
+ "Vâng, đúng vậy. Khi em nói tiếng Anh nhiều, em sẽ nhớ từ vựng, ngữ pháp tốt và
nhanh hơn. Cách phát âm của em cũng tốt hơn, nữa"
Yes, that's right. When I speak English
a lot, I will remember vocabulary, grammar structures more easily and quickly. My
pronunciation ill be better, too.
+ "Mình đồng ý với bạn. Mình muốn đi du học ở Australia sau khi học xong phổ thông"
I agree with you. I want to go to Australia for my university study after I leave school
+ "Đôi khi cô giáo cho em điểm tốt khi em tích cực nói trên lớp. Em rất thích điều đó."
Sometimes, the teacher gives me a good mark when I am active in speaking in class. I
like this very much.
In brief, a necessity for a good achievement in exams and getting a university place
abroad or a future job in a foreign company was the main reason for the students' study of
speaking. Therefore, instrumental motivation seemed to outweigh integrative motivation as a
drive to learn speaking. The findings also revealed that the high result did not lead to high
motivation. In other words, the students were more extrinsically than intrinsically motivated.
4.1.2. Students' attitude towards speaking skill
Questions Options A B C D E
Mức độ thích học nói tiếng Anh của em nh thế
A. rất thích D. không thích
B. thích E. không hề thích
C. bình thờng
18% 17% 18% 40% 7%
Thái độ và khát vọng học nói tiếng Anh của
em nh thế nào?
A. rất cao D. thấp
B. cao E. rất thấp
C. bình thờng
16% 18% 48% 14% 4%
Em có do dự khi nói tiếng Anh trên lớp
A. Có, khá thờng xuyên.
B. Có, đôi khi.
C. Không, em nói bất kì khi nào giáo viên gọi.
D. Không, em nói bất kì khi nào đợc yêu cầu.
E. Không, em luôn tìm mọi cơ hội nói tiếng Anh.
19% 50% 22% 6% 3%
Table 4.2. Students' attitude towards speaking skill
Table 4.2 shows that thirty five percent of the respondents had interest in learning
speaking, eighteen percent did not mind practising speaking while nearly a half of the subjects
(40%) did not enjoy it and seven percent did not enjoy it at all.
The population of the subjects having high or very high attitude and desire to study
speaking was nearly the same (16% and 18%, respectively) while low or very low attitude and
desire were possessed by18%. Approximately a half (48%) of them had neutral opinion.
Surprisingly, 114 out of 186 subjects (69%) usually or sometimes felt reluctant to
speak English in class and among those who were willing to speak, only three percent said
they always seeked for chances to speak, 22% spoke when they were called and 6% spoke
when they were asked to.
In short, we can come to conclusion that most of the students found speaking skill
necessary or desirable. However, the minority of the respondents were interested in it and the
majority felt reluctant to speak English in class. Thus, the question raised here is what teachers
should do to make their students have interest in speaking.
4.1.3. Best time to create motivation for the students to speak
Questions Options A B C D E
In which stage of a lesson do you find it
necessary to motivate students to speak?
A. The warm-up stage.
E. All the above mentioned stages
0% 0% 25% 0% 75%
Table 4.3: Teachers' opinion on the best time to create motivation
Table 4.3 indicates that most of the teachers in the study seemed to see the values of
motivating students to speak in all stages: the warm-up, pre-speaking, while-speaking and post-
speaking. Only two respondents (25%) gave their different opinions. According to them,
motivation is necessary only in while-speaking.
Besides, all the interviewees (100%) emphasized the importance of being motivated
during the whole lesson. They all focused on the importance of making students' interest
arouse in the warm-up stage, which is ignored by some teachers. For them, their motivation
raised in initial stage served as a 'kick-off' step towards the enjoyment of all the other stages.
The following were some of their opinions:
+ "Em nghĩ rằng giáo viên nên tạo hứng thú cho học sinh trong tất cả các công đoạn
cảu giờ học"
I think teachers should create motiation among us in all stages of the lesson
+ "Em cũng nghĩ nh vậy. Khi chúng em có hứng thú, chúng em sẽ nói nhiều hơn "
I think so. When we are motivated, we speak more
+"Vâng, và theo ý kiến của em, giai đoạn đầu là vô cùng quan trọng"
Yes, and in my
opinion, the warm-up stage is very important
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