Analysis of the English-Speaking Skills of College Students of St. Mary’s College, Quezon City
Keywords:speaking skills, speaking difficulties, fluency, code-switching
English is the universal language to communicate with people. It is learned all over the world, including the Philippines. Learning English includes listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Speaking is one of the most necessary skills that must be learned and mastered by students. This study aims to discover the students' speaking skills at St. Mary's College, Quezon City. Using the descriptive quantitative research method, the research describes and analyzes the students’ capabilities in speaking English, their everyday problems, the factors and causes of their difficulties, and their fluency in speaking. The results of the survey responded to by 38 college students show that college students can communicate using the English language. The common problems they encounter are grammar mistakes, fear of making mistakes, and lack of confidence. Factors and causes of English language difficulties include grammar problems, lack of vocabulary, and use of code-switching in class or public settings. Solutions or strategies offered by the respondents to help students cope with their speaking difficulties or improve their speaking skills include more reading time to enhance vocabulary and oral reading to develop pronunciation. These findings show that students still have many problems in speaking English. Therefore, teachers must consider practical strategies to help students overcome difficulties and enhance their speaking skills.