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Oct 16, 2020 12:00 Noon - Aug 31, 2021 01:45 PM(Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh)
20201016T1200 20201016T1345 Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh USING TED TALKS AS AN AUTHENTIC MATERIAL TO INITIATE DEBATES IN SPEAKING LESSONS FOR ENGLISH MAJORED STUDENTS

In recent years, debate has been well used in language teaching to broaden students' command of English, particularly speaking skills and create a dynamic collaborative learning environment (Swan, 2003). Among a variety of resources designed to create authentic materials, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks, a set of free videos is considered as a learning source that gives students a profound knowledge with authentic English. Lesson plans featuring TED Talks can be used to explore diverse points of view and bring ideas into classroom discussions. This research investigates how TED Talks acts as an authentic material to initiate debate in speaking lessons and its effects on student's speaking skill. The researchers have chosen two methods of data collection for accuracy namely questionnaire and interview. About 170 English majored students in the third academic year at Hanoi University of Industry (HaUI) in Vietnam participated in this study. Data for this study included an online survey delivered to students who took part in this course, 15-minute semi-structured interviews with seven randomly selected students. After that. findings from questionnaire were compared with the findings from interview to find out the positive impacts of TED talks and some suggestions for the effective use of it for debate activity. After three months of being taught lessons using TED Talks, there is significant improvement in speaking skill among learners in terms of background knowledge expansion, critical thinking ability and language competence. KEY WORDS: debates; Ted talks; speaking skill; authentic material; critical thinking.

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In recent years, debate has been well used in language teaching to broaden students' command of English, particularly speaking skills and create a dynamic collaborative learning environment (Swan, 2003). Among a variety of resources designed to create authentic materials, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks, a set of free videos is considered as a learning source that gives students a profound knowledge with authentic English. Lesson plans featuring TED Talks can be used to explore diverse points of view and bring ideas into classroom discussions. This research investigates how TED Talks acts as an authentic material to initiate debate in speaking lessons and its effects on student's speaking skill. The researchers have chosen two methods of data collection for accuracy namely questionnaire and interview. About 170 English majored students in the third academic year at Hanoi University of Industry (HaUI) in Vietnam participated in this study. Data for this study included an online survey delivered to students who took part in this course, 15-minute semi-structured interviews with seven randomly selected students. After that. findings from questionnaire were compared with the findings from interview to find out the positive impacts of TED talks and some suggestions for the effective use of it for debate activity. After three months of being taught lessons using TED Talks, there is significant improvement in speaking skill among learners in terms of background knowledge expansion, critical thinking ability and language competence. KEY WORDS: debates; Ted talks; speaking skill; authentic material; critical thinking.

Hanoi university
Lecturer
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Hanoi University of Industry
Teacher
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Hanoi University of Industry
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Dr. Huong Nguyen
Teacher
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Hanoi University of Industry
Ms. Giang Nguyen
Lecturer
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Hanoi National Economics University
Lecturer
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ULIS-VNU
Mr. Viet Khoa
Lecturer
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University of Languages and International Studies, VNU Hanoi
Program Officer
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National Foreign Languages Project
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