Assessing the language anxiety of Malaysian undergraduate English language learners

Darmi, Ramiza and Albion, Peter (2014) Assessing the language anxiety of Malaysian undergraduate English language learners. In: Global Conference on Language Practice and Information Technology 2014, 9-10 June 2014, Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia.

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Learning English language in Malaysian formal classroom learning is similar to learning other subjects. The formal learning of English language begins at the age of seven and continues until seventeen, at the end of secondary school. The subject of English language is taught by skills, namely reading, listening, writing and speaking. English language is continuously assessed at the school level as well as the national level. Malaysian University English Test is an indicator of the learners’ English language proficiency as well as to determine the number of English language courses they need to take during their undergraduate programmes at higher education institutions in Malaysia. Nevertheless, Malaysian graduates limited incompetence in English communication skills is cited as a reason for their unemployment. Research has established that language anxiety is a consistent phenomenon in second language acquisition classrooms and presents an obstacle restricting learners from learning or acquiring a foreign language. This paper presents the research methodology on assessing the English language anxiety of first year Malaysian undergraduate learners. The study employed a mixed methods approach using the foreign language classroom anxiety scale as the quantitative research instrument, followed by the learners’ reflective journals as a supportive secondary role to the data collection. There is no single best design to favour in every case but the selection of any research approach should be appropriate to research problem(s) of any study.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2014 05:39
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 04:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: language anxiety, second language learners, foreign language classroom anxiety, mixed methods
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2099 Other Language, Communication and Culture > 209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200303 English as a Second Language
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930499 School/Institution not elsewhere classified
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950202 Languages and Literacy

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