Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number2  June 2021                                                Pp.209-221
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no2.14

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A Task-based Teaching Approach with Multiple Intelligences Features in Developing
Chinese Students’ Speaking Competency

JIAJUN XU
College Department, Heilongjiang International University
Harbin, China

Received: 1/25/2021               Accepted: 4/6/2021                Published:6/24/2021

Abstract:
The study aimed to achieve three objectives: 1) to identify the Multiple Intelligences (MI) perceived by Heilongjiang International University (HIU) students, 2) to develop and implement a task-based English speaking course with MI features, and 3) to evaluate the extent the developed English speaking course contributes to the improvement of HIU students’ speaking abilities based on complexity, accuracy, and fluency (CAF) components. The study was carried out with 30 experimental and 30 control group students at Heilongjiang International University, China. Data were collected by a questionnaire survey, the pre-test and post-test, and the final tests focusing on complexity, accuracy, and fluency components. The data were analyzed using the primary statistical measurements by identifying the Mean (M) and the Standard Deviation (SD), and the significance level. The results indicated that with regard to HIU students’ self-perceived MI, Music Intelligence was perceived higher, while the Logical-mathematical Intelligence was perceived lower. As for the students’ speaking ability, the results indicated that there was improvement found between the pre-test and the post-test in the COMPLEXITY with the significance value of .001, the ACCURACY significance value was .002, and the FLUENCY significance value was .001. The conclusion is that the task-based teaching practices with MI features contribute to the improvement of students’ speaking abilities in terms of complexity, accuracy and fluency. The findings are followed by some implications for teaching and learning.
Keywords: accuracy, complexity, fluency, Heilongjiang International University, multiple intelligence, task-based language teaching

Cite as:  XU, J.  (2021). A Task-based Teaching Approach with Multiple Intelligences Features in Developing Chinese Students’ Speaking Competency.
Arab World English Journal, 12 (2) 209-221.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no2.14

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Received: 1/25/2021    
Accepted: 4/6/2021 
Published: 6/24/2021   
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no2.14 
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Jiajun Xu is an English teacher at Heilongjiang International University, China. He is interested in English language teaching and teacher training, and is now doing PhD ELT at Assumption University, Thailand from 2018. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3902-7836