Improving First-Year English-Majored Students’ Speaking Skills through Using Digital Storytelling




digital storytelling, English speaking skill, English speaking confidence, motivation


This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of digital storytelling on Vietnamese first-year English-majored students' English-speaking learning at a university in Vietnam. In this study, the students were asked to create English-dubbed animated stories with different topics relating to their speaking lessons by using the Movie Adventure application. Methods for data collection were speaking pre-and post-tests, questionnaires, and interviews. The findings revealed that using digital storytelling as a pedagogical tool for practicing English speaking benefited students' speaking ability. The findings also showed that engaging in the content of stories not only encouraged students' motivation but instilled their confidence to speak in English. The results of the given questionnaires and interviews showed that students responded positively to the implementation of digital storytelling, which facilitated learning by allowing learners to interact and collaborate in English. From the results gained, it was concluded that digital storytelling can be used to create a dynamic speaking learning environment that helps students participate actively in their English-speaking lessons during their learning time.

Author Biographies

Du Thi Mai, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Hong Duc University, Vietnam

Du Thi Mai achieved her MA degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at La Trobe University in Australia. Currently, she is working as the deputy head of English skill development division at Faculty of Foreign Languages, Hong Duc University in Vietnam. She has over 12 year experience in English language teaching. Her research interests are language teaching methodology, Technology in language teaching and assessment, and digital competence/literacy.

Nguyen Thi Ngoc, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Hong Duc University, Vietnam

Nguyen Thi Ngoc is curently a passionate lecturer at Hong Duc University in Vietnam. She has been teaching English for over 12 years for both English majored and non- English majored students at the tertiary level. Her research include teaching English language skills, Innovative English language teaching and assessment and using technology in English language teaching.

Le Ngoc Anh, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Hong Duc University, Vietnam

Le  Ngoc Anh is a lecturer of Faculty of Foreign languages, Hong Duc University, Vietnam. With over ten years of international education management experience and 4 years in teaching second foreign language, her research interest is application information technique and social media network in teaching speaking and writing skill for beginner students learning a second foreign language.


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How to Cite

Du, T. M., Nguyen, T. N., & Le, N. A. (2024). Improving First-Year English-Majored Students’ Speaking Skills through Using Digital Storytelling. International Journal of Language Instruction, 3(2), 29–44.



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