EFFECT OF FREE DISCUSSION STRATEGY ON JSS II STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE IN SPEAKING SKILL IN GWER-WEST LGA, BENUE STATE

Gwadue Chieorga, Naomi Hembafan Bibi, Terwase Philip Agbum (PhD), Margaret Ember Hendah

Abstract


The study investigated effect of free discussion strategy on JSS II students’ performance in speaking skill in Gwer-West Local Government Area, Benue State.  Two research questions guided the study while two hypotheses were formulated to test the research questions.  The study employed single quasi experimental research design.  The target population of 3,000 JSS II students for 2021/2022 academic session in Gwer - West Local Government Area of Benue State was selected for the study.  The sample consisted of 60 students in one intact class from one school.  Purposive and random sampling technique using balloting method involving a pick from a hat method was adopted.  The instrument and the instructional tools used for data collection in the study were: Speaking Performance Test (SPT) and lesson plans.  Mean and standard deviation was used to answer the research questions while t-test was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The findings revealed that free discussion strategy has significant effect on students’ speaking skill.  There was also significant difference between male and female students’ speaking skill.  The study recommended among others that teachers of English Language should adopt free discussion strategy to teach students speaking skills.


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speaking, free discussion, gender, speaking skill, performance

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