It is widely known that in EFL learning situations, many students “exhibit fear of foreign language
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It is widely known that in EFL learning situations, many students “exhibit fear of foreign language speaking” (Yaikhong & Usaha, 2012, p. 23). In Asian countries, EFL learners suffer even more in language classroom anxiety because of insufficient language environment. According to Scovel (1978), anxiety in language learning is “a state of apprehension, a vague fear” (p. 134). Such anxiety may exist in many aspects of language learning process. Language classroom anxiety is one of the most common concerns. Many researches showed that students’ classroom anxiety will greatly affect their language learning effect (Young, 1986; Horwitz & Young, 1991; Phillips, 1992; & Aida, 1994). For example, Wariyachitra (2003) stated that classroom anxiety…show more content… Public Speaking is a course that teaches students how to deliver a speech in public, and it is believed to be “valuable to a student’s all around development” (Lind, 2012). It has a long history in western countries, but only a few Chinese universities begin to know it and open the course in recent years. For those who don’t have this course to benefit their students, ESP tasks might be a good choice to help students reduce anxiety and improve their language performance.
Statement of the research problem
I design the current study to examine whether EPS tasks are efficient in reducing EFL learners’ language classroom anxiety. The objective of this study is to find out the relationship among ESP task, classroom anxiety, and language performance. Specifically, the study aims to answer the following two questions: a) Can EPS tasks lead to EFL students’ language classroom anxiety reduction? b) Can EPS tasks lead to EFL students’ language public presentation improvement? c) Is there any relation between students’ anxiety level and language performance?
EPS tasks refer to those “include any task where the participant addresses an audience orally” (Shea, 2009, p. 18). Public speaking is a traditional social activity in human history. Both