Rationale for the study: (why you think the study needs to be done)
Since English language is the medium of instruction in higher education in Oman. The language spoken in class is English. Therefore, it is important for students become not only competent speakers of English but also confident. There is an understanding that one of the issues hindering students’ development in speaking is the issue of anxiety. This is evident by students silence, their reluctant to answer in class and the fear of public speaking mainly in classroom presentations.
This study intends to investigate the reasons behind Omani students speaking anxiety in relation to second language theories.
Questions the study aims to address:
1. Do speaking practices in class makes students anxious?
2. Which speaking exercises do student find themselves more confident practicing?
3. What teaching practices have an effect on students speaking anxiety?
Research Methodology: (how you intend to get and analyse data)
A mixed method
1. Semi-structured interviews.
A number of five Teachers in Oman teaching at the foundation level as EFL/ESL
A number of five Omani students studying EFL/ESL at the foundation level
Omani Students will be requested to complete an online based questionnaire (Al number of 50 candidate)
Crozier, W. R. (1997) Individual Differences: Personality differences in Education. New York: Routledge,
Dörnyei, Z. (2005) The Psychology of the Language Learner : Individual Differences in Second Language Acquisition. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Horwitz, E. K (2001) Language Anxiety and Achievements. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics.
Horwitz, E. K., Horwitz, M. B., & Cope, J. (1986). Foreign language classroom anxiety. The Modern Language Journal.
The above is the proposal submitted to the supervisor. It has been approved. However, the supervisor expect us to send an update on our work progression. Starting with the research methods. As I should send the interview and questionnair questions for approval. Once that is completed the literature review outline should also be sent prior to proceeding in it. Parts of each chapter should also be forwarded to the supervisor. Staring with the findings. Then the literature review. The discussion.
I would appreciate it if I was contacted directly to explain more about my topic as it is very specific.
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