COMMUNICATION APPREHENSION AMONG INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSROOM
Universiti Sains Malaysia (MALAYSIA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 3rd International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 15-17 November, 2010
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:Communication apprehension is frequently observed in language classrooms. This kind of anxiety affects students’ oral communication. The obstacles present in a student hinder successful language learning and communication among students. Effective communication is compulsory in a language classroom in order to perform better in the classroom activities. This quantitative study will highlight the importance of oral communication in English language classroom and communication apprehension faced by international undergraduate students. For the purpose of this study, McCroskey’s (1970) Personal Report of Communication Apprehension scale will be utilized to identify oral communication apprehension faced by this group of students. The results will be able to provide valuable insights to language educators on the issue of communication apprehension among international undergraduate students and measures that can be taken to overcome the hurdles.
Keywords: Communication apprehension, international students and language classroom.