Digital Storytelling Production As A Learning Tool In Improving ESL Learners’ Verbal Proficiency

Speaker:Jessica Chung , Prof. Madya Melor Md. Yunus,Hamidah Yamat| Location:Room 15| Date:August 11, 2016| Time:4:40-5:10


Even after eleven years of learning English language through formal schooling, studies reflected that Malaysian students are still having a poor command of the said language. As English is the lingua franca of the world, it is paramount important to tackle this issue so that Malaysia can be put in good stead on the world stage. Hence, various learning tools have been suggested to be implemented in ESL classroom aimed to enhance more effective speaking instructions and one of the learning tools is digital storytelling. The present study investigated how the process of digital storytelling production can help ESL learners to improve their verbal proficiency. Five Form 4 students were chosen as participants and a case study approach was used in this study and data was collected using three different instruments; self-assessment surveys, focus group interview and reflective journals. The findings indicated that digital storytelling projects improved all the participants’ verbal skills. The data revealed that the participants improved their verbal skills due to communicative practices and continuous imitation of pronunciation accuracy using Google Translator. It was also found that digital storytelling was an effective motivational tool. The findings highlighted the need of utilizing digital storytelling production as a recommended activity in ESL curriculum.

Keywords- Digital storytelling, Learning Tool, English as Second Language, Verbal Proficiency


159-Jessica-ChungJessica Chung is an experienced English teacher in one of the public schools in Malaysia.  She received her first degree with Honours in TESL from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.  Her research interests include the use of ICT in teaching English to non-native English speakers.

159-Prof.-Madya-Melor-MdMelor Md. Yunus is a senior lecturer of TESL at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She holds a B.A. in English (Linguistics) from the University of Nevada-Reno, USA and an M.A. in TESL from the Arizona State University, USA. She then earned her Ph.D. in Education (TESL) from the University of Bristol, UK. Her areas of concentration are TESL, language pedagogy and the use of technology in TESL. Currently she teaches TESL methods and teaching of writing courses, as well as graduate courses in research methodology and academic writing. Email:

159-Hamidah-YamatHamidah Yamat is an Associate Professor of TESL at the Faculty of Education, University Kebangsaan Malaysia. Her specializations, field of expertise as well as publications are on Second Language Acquisition (SLA), language teaching and learning as well as language development.

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