English Speaking Anxiety Among Northeastern Thai University Students

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Songwut Bhattarachaiyakorn
Sitthiphon Phettakua


This research aimed at investigating the anxiety levels affecting the English speaking ability of university students at a public university in the northeast region of Thailand as well as exploring the factors influencing such anxiety levels. The researchers employed a purposive sampling technique for the data collection by distributing 102 questionnaires to Thai first-year students who are studying in the English and Communication major at a public university in the northeast region of Thailand. The questionnaires were based on the anxiety evaluation models of Aida (1994), Horwitz et al. (1986), and Liu and Jackson (2008). Likert’s scale was used to measure the levels of anxiety and the results revealed high levels of anxiety among the students with a mean of 3.50. Furthermore, the main component of anxiety was related to the students’ beliefs about language learning followed by test anxiety. Moreover, the most significant factor affecting their speaking anxiety was grammar (72.55%), followed by vocabulary (53.94%) and English oral proficiency (53.92%), respectively.

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Bhattarachaiyakorn, S., & Phettakua, S. (2023). English Speaking Anxiety Among Northeastern Thai University Students. LEARN Journal: Language Education and Acquisition Research Network, 16(1), 384–407. Retrieved from https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/LEARN/article/view/263448
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Songwut Bhattarachaiyakorn, English and Communication Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University

A full-time lecturer in the English and Communication Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand. His research interests are in teaching English as a foreign language, second language acquisition, linguistics, critical discourse analysis, gender issues, intercultural communication, and cultural dimensions.

Sitthiphon Phettakua, English and Communication Program, Ubon Ratchathani University

An undergraduate student in the English and Communication Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand. His research interests include problems and difficulties in speaking English, public speaking and related issues.


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