A Case Study on Challenges of Students' Willingness to Orally Respond in English during Class Sessions in Sabah

Bernadette Tobi and Mohammad Aqmal Hafidz Musa and Nor Dawirah Rahman and Sabariah Abd Rahim (2022) A Case Study on Challenges of Students' Willingness to Orally Respond in English during Class Sessions in Sabah. International Journal of Education, Psychology and Counselling, 7. pp. 722-730.

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Students’ willingness to respond in class is an important factor to ensure language usage and language acquisition. Literature reviews reveal that learners' levels of anxiety and self-confidence are predictors of students’ willingness to communicate in class. However, there has been a lack of studies conducted in the local context regarding anxiety as a predictor of willingness to respond in English. This study looked into students’ anxiety levels while communicating in English during Occupational Purpose class and the reasons for not being willing to respond in the online class orally. The class consisted of students from Malaysia and China studying in a local Malaysian university. During class, the instructor had to call out names to get students to answer questions asked. Classes were entirely conducted online and the assessments cover both written and oral aspects. Horwitz’s Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) was adapted and Baharuddin’s three levels of anxiety mean measurement was used in this study. The FLCAS scale included 33 items of a five-point Likert scale which in this study was reversed with 1 “Strongly disagree” to 5 “Strongly agree” to measure the level of anxiety. The data obtained were analysed using descriptive analysis to include percentages and mean. The finding indicates that level of anxiety is not a predictor of WTC.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: English language anxiety, Foreign language classroom anxiety, FLCAS, Communication apprehension, WTC and online class, Factors affecting WTC
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB5-3640 Theory and practice of education > LB1555-1602 Elementary or public school education
P Language and Literature > PE English language > PE1-3729 English > PE1001-1693 Modern English
Department: CENTRE > Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning
Depositing User: DG MASNIAH AHMAD -
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2024 09:53
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 09:53
URI: https://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/37953

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