Analysis of the Contributions of In-school Language Clubs in Taiwan

Tsu-Chia Hsu
March 2013
Asian EFL Journal;Mar2013, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p165
Academic Journal
Scholars mentioned that in order for students' growth to take place, students need to actively engage in their environment. In countries like Taiwan, the trend of using English as a medium of instruction has become an increasingly important element in higher education. Therefore, great importance is placed on finding effective ways in teaching English to EFL students. On the other hand, it is also observed that there is an increasing number of in-school Toastmasters club in Taiwan. Their goal is to help their student members gain personal growth through the training of communication and leadership skills in a positive and cooperative environment. In light of the rapid growth and perceived contributions of the campus Toastmasters club, this study shall seek to provide an empirical analysis of the various underlying factors behind the contributions and impact of the in-school language clubs in Taiwan. Results indicate that students are helped by means of bridging-the-gap between their acquired knowledge and actual application of communication skills. Lastly, the adaptation of the in-school language clubs has also brought forth new non-threatening ideas in the language teaching pedagogy.


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