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Comparison of English Speaking Anxiety between Chinese and Korean University Students

  • Global Creative Leader: Education & Learning
  • Abbr : GCL
  • 2021, 11(4), pp.65-87
  • DOI : 10.34226/gcl.2021.11.4.65
  • Publisher : Research Institute for Gifted & Talented Education, Soongsil University
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education
  • Received : November 1, 2021
  • Accepted : December 3, 2021
  • Published : December 31, 2021

Jeong, Jieun 1 Haedong Kim 1

1한국외국어대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to analyze English speaking anxiety perceived by Chinese international students at a university general English conversation class in Korea and to compare it with that of Korean students. For the data collection, a questionnaire survey asking about English speaking anxiety was conducted on 86 Chinese students and 100 Korean students enrolled in a university in Seoul. The main results are as follows. First, Chinese university students showed a higher level of anxiety than Korean university students in four areas of classroom anxiety, evaluation and class preparation anxiety, teacher-related anxiety, and peer-related anxiety. Second, Chinese students showed the highest level of classroom anxiety among the subsections of anxiety whereas Korean students answered the highest level at peer-related anxiety. Third, in qualitative response, Chinese students responded that lack of English speaking ability was the most influential cause of English speaking anxiety, while Korean students mentioned that lack of confidence was the biggest cause of anxiety. The findings suggest that general English course instructors need to take care of individual differences in levels of English speaking anxiety between Chinese and Korean university students in order to minimize their English speaking anxiety and maximize creativity in their speaking performance.

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