Causes of Undergraduate Students' Reticence in Malaysian ESL Classrooms

Foo, Siew Fen and Louisa Sanga, Billy and Soo, Ruey Shing and Na-Thinamalar Magiswary, Nadarajan (2020) Causes of Undergraduate Students' Reticence in Malaysian ESL Classrooms. Selangor Humaniora Review, 4 (1). pp. 1-14. ISSN 2672-7463

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Student reticence has become one of the main concerns in the English language classroom. It is frequently labeledas a problematic, frustrating, and disturbing classroom phenomenon by many instructors. The purpose of this study was to explore the degree to which undergraduate students experienced reticence and the factors that caused them to refrain from participating in classroom oral participation. To this end, a total of 122 Malaysian undergraduate students from a university participated as respondents in a self-assessment conducted using the Reticence-Scale 12 (RS-12) and a survey. The results of the self-assessment revealed that the majority of the students experienced high reticence in the classrooms. Additionally, the students' reticent behaviour was caused by virtual of their personality traits, lack of self-confidence, anxiety, poor language skills, and teacher factors. This study highlights the need for more research in this area in different learning contexts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: reticence, undergraduate students, personality traits, self-confidence, anxiety
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Education, Language and Communication
Depositing User: Shing
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2021 06:57
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2023 07:16

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