Language classroom anxiety: a comparative study of ESL learners / Voviana Zulkifli

Zulkifli, Voviana (2007) Language classroom anxiety: a comparative study of ESL learners / Voviana Zulkifli. Asian Journal of University Education. pp. 75-99. ISSN 1823-7797

Abstract

Malaysia decided use English as the medium of instruction at university level beginning 2002 and much debate has surfaced since then. English has also increased in importance in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) since the nation joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) and implemented an Open Door Policy. This study compares perceived second language anxiety and attempts to identify significant differences in the level of anxiety of male and female ESL university students at Stamford College, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia and from the PRC Malaysia. It also attempts to identify the factors that could contribute to language classroom anxiety. Although the study did not control for factors that may influence language apprehension, the results suggest that nearly half of the total number of respondents are anxious about learning the English language. The English Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (ELCAS) with 32 items was constructed and used for the purpose of the study which was adapted from the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) (Horwitz et al. 1986). Findings show that gender is of slight significance but nationality is an important variable in identifying the anxiety level with the various factors that may contribute to English language classroom anxiety

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Item Type: Article
Creators:
CreatorsID Num.
Zulkifli, VovianaUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
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L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Higher Education > Institutions of higher education > Four year institutions. Universities and colleges > Private universities and colleges > Malaysia
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Asian Centre for Research on University Learning and Teaching (ACRULeT)
Journal or Publication Title: Asian Journal of University Education
ISSN: 1823-7797
Page Range: pp. 75-99
Item ID: 335
Uncontrolled Keywords: ESL, English language, Language classroom anxiety, Private universities, Malaysia
URI: http://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/335

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