THE EFFECT OF EDUCATIONAL GAMES ON IMPROVING STUDENTS’ SPEAKING SKILLS IN THE SIXTH GRADE AT NABLUS DISTRICT
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The current study aimed to investigate the effect of using educational games on improving the speaking skills of 6th grade students at Al-Majd private school in Tell village. To achieve this objective, the quasi-experimental design was used. The sample consists of (40) students who were divided into two groups: experimental and control. The experimental group studied unit 13th of the Sixth grade textbook English for Palestine “Where does rain come from?” through using six educational games while the control group studied the same material using the traditional method of teaching without using these games. To answer the study questions and test the hypotheses, three instruments that include quantitative and qualitative data were used: a pre-test, a posttest and a classroom observation checklist. The statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) version 21 was used to analyze the quantitative data while the thematic analysis approach was used to analyze the qualitative data collected through the classroom observation. Among the results of the study, the experimental group performed better in the posttest than the control group, namely statistically significant differences. This indicates that teaching students using educational games is effective in improving their speaking skills. Furthermore, the thematic analysis showed that most students used their oral language to ask and answer questions, role-play certain texts, and repeat words correctly in addition to using their voice quality with a great deal of self-confidence. Students in the experimental group were also highly motivated to participate in conversation with their teacher and their peers while performing better pronunciation when they were asked to answer oral questions or to ask about specific thoughts.
Educational Games, Speaking Skills, Sixth Grade