The Role of Oral Materials in the English Language Learning in the Rwandan Lower Secondary Schools: The Case Study of G. S. Mushaka and G. S. Gihundwe

Kibiriga Anicet, N. Rangendahimana Rose Mary

Abstract


The purpose of the study was to investigate both the extent to which the oral materials could reinforce learning and the extent to which they were used in lower classes. In order to account for that, the questionnaires and interviews were the data collection techniques resorted to. As regard the analysis and interpretation of the findings, we based on the responses provided by both lower classes students and English teachers. We also put into consideration different scholars’ views provided in the chapter about the Literature review of this work. On the one hand, the students’ responses reveal that they themselves acknowledge the usefulness and fruitfulness of oral materials in the English language learning especially in promoting oral communication. Furthermore, through the informants’ responses, we came up to be aware of the types of oral materials that attract the most lower secondary learners, the major problems that they face all along English language learning and the sources of those problems. However, despite the significance of oral materials, students, responses revealed the lower rate of exposure to oral materials as one of the best ways to practice English.On the other hand, the English teachers’ views from interview put more emphasis on the value of oral materials as a teaching/learning tool of foreign languages because it can help them to develop students’performative skills. In addition, these views pointed out that the majority of English teachers do not frequently resort to oral materials due to some problems. All along this study it has been pointed out that practice makes perfect. In fact, the more students are provided with enough opportunity to practice English through oral materials, the more they master their ability to be involved in oral communication.


Keywords


English; language; learning;materials; oral; students; teachers.

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