Tour Guide Simulation: A Task-Based Learning Activity to Enhance Young Thai Learners’ English


  • Budsaba Kanoksilapatham Silpakorn University
  • Todsapon Suranakkharin Naresuan University



Task-based language teaching, tour guide task, elementary English education


Purpose This study aimed to explore the effects of task-based language teaching (TBLT) with a tour guide simulation as a focused activity on young Thai learners’ English speaking skill and their attitudes towards the instruction.


Methodology Based on a three-phase framework (i.e., pre-task, during-task, and post-task), TBLT was implemented with a Grade 4 class for a period of eleven weeks. Initially, a set of English lessons developed based on the context of local tourist attractions was implemented at the pre-task stage. In the second stage, a simulated tour guide task was used to assess their ability to turn the language input into a practical and authentic use of English speaking. Subsequently, corrective feedback on each student’s performance was provided, and their attitudes towards the instruction were examined at the last stage.


Findings The students were able to satisfactorily complete the tour guide task in English, indicating the potential of the task as a device to strengthen their speaking skill. Moreover, they generally had a favourable attitude towards the instruction.


Significance These findings are significant for both school teachers and curriculum designers. In addition to confirming the effectiveness of TBLT, this study highlights the promising use of context specific-based lessons and class activities as an avenue for young learners to practice speaking English in a context relevant to them.


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Author Biography

Budsaba Kanoksilapatham, Silpakorn University

Budsaba Kanoksilapatham is a professor at the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Silpkorn University, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.  She completed her PhD in Linguistics (Concentration: Applied Linguistics) at Georgetown University.  Her current research interests are in genre analysis, multidimensional analysis, corpus linguistics, and pronunciation.

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How to Cite

Kanoksilapatham, B., & Suranakkharin, T. (2019). Tour Guide Simulation: A Task-Based Learning Activity to Enhance Young Thai Learners’ English. Malaysian Journal of Learning and Instruction, 16(2), 1–31.