The Effects of Meaning-Focused Oral Tasks on Adult EFL Learners' Motivation and their Perceptions of the Usefulness of the Tasks for Learning English The Effects of Meaning-Focused Oral Tasks on Adult EFL Learners' Motivation and their Perceptions of the Usefulness of the Tasks for Learning English
Mobile phone: +251918766504 I am an assistant professor in TEFL, and I have been teaching English at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia, for twelve years. My areas of research interest revolve around classroom interaction in general and task-based instruction in particular. Abstract Several students join the Department of English Language and Literature at Bahir Dar University every year without their will; therefore, they might have low motivation to learn English. The purpose of this study was to
... investigate the effects of meaning-focused oral tasks on adult learners' motivation to learn English as a foreign language and their perceptions of the usefulness of the tasks for learning English. The participants were in-service trainees working for a bachelor's degree in the summer program. The study employed a quasi-experimental design in which an experimental group underwent an experimental treatment which was a teaching material containing meaning-focused oral tasks, while a control group continued learning through an existing material which partly focused on English pronunciation. Questionnaires were employed to measure the participants' motivation to learn English, and an evaluation sheet was used to gauge the participants' perceptions of the usefulness of meaning-focused oral tasks for learning English. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data, and the findings indicated that meaning-focused oral tasks had a statistically significant effect on the overall motivation of the participants in the experimental group, though that was not the case with the control group which was taught with an existing material. Moreover, the results showed that the participants in the experimental group perceived meaning-English for Specific Purposes World, ISSN 1682-3257, www.esp-world.info, Issue No.50, v.17, 2016 The Effects of Meaning-Focused Oral Tasks on Adult EFL Learners' Motivation and their Perceptions of the Usefulness of the Tasks for Learning English Yinager Teklesellassie 2 focused oral tasks as useful for improving, among other things, their abilities to communicate in English. Finally, it is recommended that meaning-oriented oral tasks be used with adult Ethiopian EFL learners because the tasks have the potential to increase their motivation to learn English.