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The Effects of Authentic Materials Using Role-playing Activities on Oral Proficiency: A
Case Study of Thai Undergraduate Students

Sarath Withanarachchi Samaranayake
Department of International Language Teaching
Faculty of Education, Sanam Chandra Campus, Silpakorn University, Thailand



Author : Sarath Withanarachchi Samaranayake
Thesis Title: The Effects of Authentic Materials Using Role-playing Activities on Oral Proficiency: A Case Study of Thai Undergraduate Students
Institution: Department of English Studies, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa
Major: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Degree: M.A.
Year of award:
 Ms T. Shandu
Keywords: Language proficiency, fluency, accuracy, authentic materials, role-playing activities, real-world tasks, sequential events, recycle of language, language input, interaction

This study investigates the effects of authentic materials and contextually developed role-playing activities on the oral proficiency of Thai undergraduate students. The study was conducted at Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand during the first semester (June to September) of 2010. The study consisted of four research instruments and the data were analyzed using Independent Samples t-test to determine whether the authentic materials and contextually developed role-playing activities had improved the students’ oral fluency and accuracy in the target language. The findings indicated statistically significant differences between the two groups, wherein the experimental group performed better on both fluency and accuracy than the control group. Therefore, based on the findings of the current study, it can be concluded that authentic materials and contextually developed role-playing activities involving a series of sequential events are effective in enhancing learners’ oral proficiency in programs of English as a foreign language in the context of Thailand English education.

Cite as:  Samaranayake, S. W. (2010). The Effects of Authentic Materials Using Role-playing Activities on Oral Proficiency: A Case Study of Thai Undergraduate Students. Department of English Studies, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa. (M.A.Thesis). Retrieved from Arab World English Journal (ID Number:275(September, 2021) 1- 293.


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Sarath Withanarachchi Samaranayake is an English lecturer at the Department of International Language Teaching, Silpakorn University, Thailand. He received his doctoral degree in General Linguistics from the University of South Africa. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed international journals. His interests include teaching and researching in the domains of ESL and EFL.  ORCid ID: