The Effectiveness of English Club as Free Voluntary Speaking Activity  Strategy in Fostering Speaking Skill  in Saudi Arabia Context

 Elsadig Ali Elsadig Elnadeef Ayman Hamad Elneil Hamdan Abdala

Abstract
This study investigates the significance of English club in fostering speaking skill in Saudi Arabia context. It hypothesizes that Saudi university students are enthusiastic to learn authentic English and English club as free voluntary speaking activity with low anxiety assists Saudi university students practice English joyfully.  This study aims at identifying the advantages of activating English club in promoting speaking skill and raising university English teachers’ awareness of the importance of using it. The study method used was the descriptive analytic method. The study concludes that English club assists Saudi students be  free from language anxiety  and traditional boring routine  classroom activities , it helps them practice speaking  English joyfully  and English club fosters critical thinking , persuasive  and argumentative skills among students.  It recommends that English club should be scheduled as the essential part of a course in the semester not as academic activity, English club should conduct remedial classes concerning speaking strategies and skills which assist students communicate tactfully and the native speakers should  help conduct the English club in order to create realistic language context in terms of phonological aspect

DOI: 10.32996/ijllt.2019.2.1.28 
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