Pre-service English teachers’ reticent beliefs towards oral participation in EAP classrooms

Soo, Ruey Shing and Goh, Hock Seng (2017) Pre-service English teachers’ reticent beliefs towards oral participation in EAP classrooms. Asia Pacific Education Researcher, 26 (3-4). pp. 155-162.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate pre-service English teachers’ reticent beliefs towards oral participation in English for Academic Purpose classrooms. To this end, 144 Malaysian pre-service English teachers enrolled in a teacher-training programme participated as respondents in a survey conducted using the Reticent Belief Index. They were all diagnosed with high level of reticence prior to the study. In addition, 24 pre-service teachers, selected randomly from among the survey participants, took part in focus group discussions. The results of the study revealed that the majority of the pre-service English teachers subscribed to eight beliefs that are presumed to be associated with reticent behaviour. Additionally, a newly identified belief, ‘Kiasuim’ was also found to cause the pre-service teachers being reticent in the class. The results of the study point to the importance of alleviating pre-service teachers’ reticent behaviour via a remedial course which incorporates the elements of modifying reticent beliefs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reticent beliefs, Avoidance behaviour, Oral participation Pre-service English teachers, Kiasuism
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Language Studies & Communication Studies
Depositing User: Shing
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2021 07:31
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2021 07:48
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/36909

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