English language speaking anxiety among students from two public universities in Sarawak / Sandra Phek Lin Sim, Jiin Yih Yeo, Kimberley Yih Long Lau

Phek Lin Sim, Sandra and Yih Yeo, Jiin and Yih Long Lau, Kimberley (2020) English language speaking anxiety among students from two public universities in Sarawak / Sandra Phek Lin Sim, Jiin Yih Yeo, Kimberley Yih Long Lau. International Journal of Service Management and Sustainability (IJSMS), 5 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 2550-1569

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Abstract

This quantitative research studied the anxiety level of university students towards speaking English as a second language (ESL) to examine whether there is any correlation between the university students’ ESL speaking anxiety and the demographic factors such as the SPM English results, mother tongue, and parents’ academic qualifications. A sample of 592 students was randomly selected from two public universities in Sarawak, Malaysia. Items in the PSCAS questionnaire by Yaikhong and Usaha (2012) were adapted to measure the students’ anxiety level in speaking English. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics to identify the students’ anxiety level in speaking English. Inferential statistics (Pearson correlation) was used to examine the relationship between the university students’ ESL speaking anxiety and demographic factors. The findings indicate that these students experienced a moderate level of speaking anxiety. There was a positive correlation between the university students’ ESL speaking anxiety and SPM English Language results. Nevertheless, there was a low negative correlation between the students’ ESL speaking anxiety and mother tongue as well as parents’ academic qualifications. Findings from this study provide a basis for educators to plan effective teaching strategies to reduce English speaking anxiety among university students.

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Phek Lin Sim, Sandra
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Yih Yeo, Jiin
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Yih Long Lau, Kimberley
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Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > English language
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Sarawak > Kota Samarahan Campus
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Service Management and Sustainability (IJSMS)
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > International Journal of Service Management and Sustainability (IJSMS)
ISSN: 2550-1569
Volume: 5
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 1-16
Item ID: 32536
Uncontrolled Keywords: Speaking anxiety level; ESL university students; English Language results, Mother tongue, Parental academic qualifications.
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/32536

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