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|Title: ||English speaking anxiety and strategies for reducing anxiety of Taiwanese university English majors|
|Other Titles: ||臺灣英文系大學生英語口說焦慮及降低焦慮策略之研究|
|Authors: ||黃心伶;Huang, Hsin-Ling|
|Keywords: ||口說焦慮;Speaking Anxiety|
|Issue Date: ||2014-01-23 13:13:47 (UTC+8)|
The study aimed to investigate Taiwanese university English majors’ English speaking anxiety, their strategy-use when they experience speaking anxiety, and their practical suggestions for teachers to help them to decrease their level of anxiety. A hundred and eighty-nine freshmen and sophomore of English majors participated in this study that they were asked to fill in questionnaires of Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) to assess their level of speaking anxiety and Oral Communication Strategy Inventory (OCSI) to assess their strategy-use in English speaking. After the researcher analyzed the data from questionnaires, six participants from high, middle, and low level of speaking anxiety were chosen in interviews. Results of the study indicated that in the communication apprehension, most English majors fear of speaking English impromptu. If English majors face this kind of anxiety, they would use familiar words, paraphrase, and non-verbal expressions. In the test anxiety, English majors’ anxiety is mainly from lacking of feeling secure before oral tests, during oral tests, and after oral tests. To conquer the anxiety, English majors would like to understand clear rules before tests, be in one-on-one interviews or group presentations as their formal tests during tests, and learn meaningful feedback from peers after tests. In the fear of negative evaluation, English majors’ anxiety is mainly from face loss. They suffer from peer pressure more than pressure from teachers. For some English majors, they would try hard to perform better when they experience this kind of anxiety because as English majors, they gain more power when they speak English. In conclusion, university teachers in the department of English are encouraged to concern more about English majors’ speaking anxiety and they could figure out solutions with their students together to help English majors speak English with more confidence.
|Appears in Collections:||[英文學系暨研究所] 學位論文|
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