Speaking Anxiety and Related Factors of Freshmen towards Foreign Language Class

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Rati Mhuentoei


   Foreign language learning anxiety has a debilitating effect on students’ performance. This article examines levels of anxiety of TNI freshmen. It also explores sources of their anxiety as well as the methods used coping with anxiety. Mixed method was used for data collection. A Second Language Speaking Anxiety Scale (SLSAS) questionnaire was adapted as a tool for this research. A quantitative method could show overall results. Nevertheless, qualitative method is also suitable for a language course. An oral interview was used. Individual interviews could provide more and deeper details. The results reveal that TNI students have moderate levels of anxiety in speaking English in class. However, most students have high anxiety level. The factors were students’ confidence. The sources of lack of confidence were almost similar for each student but the solutions were different. This research found various solutions used due to the different grade performance of students.


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