Action Research: The Efficiency of Adopting Voice Note Recording for MUET Speaking Activity
The purpose of this study is to validate the efficiency of adopting a new approach in conducting speaking activity in MUET lesson by using audio-recording (voice note) function in Telegram application and the importance of Reflective Learning and Think Aloud Protocol for the students to reflect on the speaking activity. A total of 23 students from lower six (6 UM Bawah) and a MUET teacher were involved in this study. The focuses of this study are to create a platform for the students to practice speaking in English and to emphasis reflective learning among the students on their oral proficiency development. Reflective learning involves students thinking about what they have read, done or learned, relating the lesson at hand to their own lives and making meaning out of the material. In this case, the students underwent the stages of reflective learning by observing their own audio recording for Task A, a two-minute individual presentation for MUET speaking test. The students applied the Think Aloud Protocol (TAP) and wrote down their feelings, evaluation and prepared an action plan after listening to their own voice speaking in English. Second recordings were taken after the reflection session. This study shows that audio recording application is beneficial as it makes oral proficiency test more personalized. Besides, critical observation on own speech does help a person to improve in speaking activity.