Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Language, Literature, Culture & Education 2014
ISBN 978-967-13140-0-5

“With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility” An Impact on Oral Ability in English Language

Rita Wong Mee Mee

Universiti Selangor, Malaysia


“With great power, comes great responsibility” a powerful Marvel epic quote in Spiderman. This can be implied to the Teaching of English language to Young Learner. Pre-service teachers without high command of English language have been facing difficulty in teaching English language to young learners. As a result, the teaching of English language has turned out to be boring and uninteresting. Hence, in order to get these pre-service teachers to speak orally in the target language, interesting and yet engaging activities should be integrated into classroom learning. In this case, nursery rhymes and children theatre play acted as part of assessment in the Children’s English Literature subject. The purpose of this study was to ascertain the impact of Children’s English Literature subject on the respondents’ oral ability in using English language. 120 undergraduates undertaking B. Ed. (Hons.) in Early Childhood Education took part in a survey on their attitude towards English language. Findings reveals that the confidence in using English language orally had indeed increased after 14 weeks and the perception towards the use of English language to interact among peers had changed. Moreover, this reinforces the fact that language learning activities are instrumental in building undergraduates’ confidence in using English language orally.


Confidence, oral ability, perception, language learning activities

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