On the Move: Glancing Backwards To Build a Future in English Studies
Universidad de Deusto, Servicio de Publicaciones
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The oral performance of Spanish future teachers of English is an essential linguistic aspect that requires a thorough attention. Emotional stress in the form of anxiety or frustration and mistakes related to their mother tongue influence determine the use of pedagogical strategies. In order to tackle these two issues, a classroom intervention was performed. Before attempting any pedagogical innovation, a semi-structured questionnaire to elicit data about their difficulties and motivation was passed around. Its outcome led to a twofold intervention. Firstly, a set of pedagogical strategies were tailored to improve their attitudes for participation in oral English instruction. Secondly, a battery of participatory activities were designed and put into practice in order to correct their most common oral mistakes.
The successful outcomes indicate that improving the classroom's engagement as well as working on the students' oral competence help fostering a better attitude towards a more confident use of oral skills.