Contextualized worksheets focused on tasks for two oral communication micro-skillls
This qualitative action research study explores the contribution of developing and implementing contextualized worksheets, centered on the Task Based Learning (TBL henceforth) approach on two oral micro-skills to enhance communicate functions and body language in a seventh-grade class at Diego Gómez de Mena a Public Rural School. The data gathered emerged through students‟ artifacts (worksheets), teacher‟s field notes and video recordings. The participants were twenty-three graders from a rural zone in Rio Frio, Tabio. The findings evinced that the use of contextualized worksheets made the process of speaking, pleasant, easier and fun, as they included their daily routines and learning styles in context. Furthermore, the results also suggested that the use of students‟ mother tongue, pair and group work fostered communication about their likes, feelings and thoughts to describe their experiences and situations within their rural context, in favor of their learning environment and their motivation towards the oral communication in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL, hereafter) class. Regarding some pedagogical implications, it was evident that students were aware of their active role in the class while learning and expressing themselves in English joyfully and confidently since the topics were related to meaningful tasks in the rural context. Additionally, EFL teachers in the institution and I as a teacher-researcher-text developer realized the advantages that contextualized tasks offer students to communicate orally while having fun.