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Title: Students' Anxiety In Speaking English In An Indonesian High School
Authors: Ariyanti, Ervi Desi
Keywords: Anxiety;Speaking English;Strategy
Issue Date: 13-Mar-2024
Abstract: This study aims to unpack factors that cause high school students to be anxious when speaking English and how to overcome the anxiety in a public high school in Java, Indonesia. The participants of this study are Grade Twelve students in SMA Negeri 1 Tengaran for the academic year 2022/2023. The study is conducted using observation and interview methods to elicit their anxiety and strategies to deal with speaking English. The findings indicate that the internal causes of English-speaking anxiety are participants' lack of confidence in their pronunciation and fluency in speaking English, limited vocabulary and grammar competence, and a lack of preparation and practice. External causes include a negative learning environment and peers' understanding of spoken English, which affect learners' feelings, confidence, and willingness to keep learning and speaking English. In dealing with anxiety, some preparations for the material used in the activities are reported, but peers’ reactions are not usually anticipated. This study provides experience-based information indicating that when designing and participating in English-speaking activities, potential anxiety should be considered.
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