Larsari, E., & Kiasi, M. (2016). The Relationship between Critical Thinking and EFL Learners’ Speaking Ability. English Language Teaching, 9(6), 189-198.
The study tried to reveal whether students having critical thinking will also have better speaking ability or not. To investigate the correlation among two variables, these two instruments were applied, they are IELTS Speaking Test and Lauren Starkey Critical Thinking Test.
The students were given same questions in the IELTS Speaking Test, in this case, the oral interview was recorded. Meanwhile, the Lauren Starkey Critical Thinking question contain of 30 multiple choice item to figure out which participant has critical thinking and which one is not.
The findings of the study is that the critical thinker has positive correlation with the speaking ability. It is said that the hypothesis of the researcher is rejected. The outcome revealed that critical thinker is a better language student.
The study can be applied in Indonesia especially in Solo, my city. I think the result will also be the same that there is positive relationship between the two major variables. When conducting the study in Senior High School with the same instrument of collecting data, it means that, I will introduce the steps of IELTS Speaking Test to the students in the high school. Though I prefer to use another instrument in measuring students’ speaking ability like for example through role play or oral presentation. I will give the test to 120 students (around 4 classes) to reveal the relationship between the two variables. The study will be conducted in around a month to two months.