Voices Unheard: Enhancing English-Speaking Skills among Technical Learners at Industrial Training Institute by Implementing Task-Based Language Teaching

Kiruthiga E, G. Christopher


ITIs offer practical training in various technical trades, which enables students to enter the workforce faster than other traditional degrees. However, graduates from ITIs often need better communication skills to advance in their careers, leading to stagnant pay scales. To tackle this issue, a study was conducted to improve English-speaking skills among ITI students by implementing a task-based language teaching approach. A true experimental design was used for this study. The sample consisted of 76 ITI students who were randomly assigned to two groups: control (n=38) and experimental (n=38). Technical learners were given ample opportunities to practice their English-speaking skills and receive instructors feedback. The study showed significant improvement in the student’s ability to communicate professionally. This study suggests that incorporating task-based language teaching into the ITI curriculum can significantly benefit students by enhancing their employment prospects and potential for career growth. Since the allocated tasks replicate the practical training, technical learners perceive them as readily achievable.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/wjel.v14n2p410

World Journal of English Language
ISSN 1925-0703(Print)  ISSN 1925-0711(Online)

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