Students’ Perception on The Effect of Debate Competition toward Speaking Skills

Anggun Anisah Najamuddin(1), Syarifah Farahdiba(2), Hasriani G(3*),

(1) Universitas Negeri Makassar
(2) Universitas Negeri Makassar
(3) Universitas Negeri Makassar
(*) Corresponding Author



Abstract


The aim of this study was to describe the students’ perception on the effect of debate competition on students’ speaking skills. This research applied a descriptive qualitative method. The data of this research were collected through interviews. The subjects of this study were English students at Universitas Negeri Makassar who have been involved in Debate Competition.  The result of this research found most of the students perceived the effect of debate competition in a positive perception rather than a negative perception. The positive perception is debate competition helped students in boosting confidence, increasing vocabulary, increasing critical thinking, and improve speaking fluency. The students also admit that debate competitions can improve students’ communication skills. For negative perceptions, most students felt that debate competition didn’t affect students’ English grammar. Even though students experienced negative effects from debate competition, they still admit debate competitions improved students’ speaking skills.


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Perception; debate; speaking skills

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