Journal of Foreign Language Education and Technology

Speaking Anxiety among Different Grades of K12: 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th Grades

Abstract

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The present study aimed to investigate the speaking anxiety among
different grades, ages and genders of EFL students in Turkey and their views toward
speaking anxiety. It was also investigated if they have any strategy to overcome the
speaking anxiety. The participants were 80 students from four different schools. The
study included four different grades; 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th. 6th and 8th graders (N=30)
were from two different secondary schools. 10th and 12th (N=50) graders were from
two different high schools. They were all from different age groups and genders. A
questionnaire was used as data collection instrument and the data were collected and
analysed in both qualitative and quantitative manners. Results showed that students
in Turkey have speaking anxiety due to their negative feelings and fear of making
mistake while producing language orally. Also it was revealed that students have
some basic suggestions to overcome the anxiety but they do not use them and they
require teachers’ help and support.

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