Public Speaking Anxiety

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COPING WITH PUBLIC SPEAKING ANXIETY

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the teaching of affective strategies helps students’ reduce their public speaking anxiety. We used the questionnaire Personal Report of Public Speaking Anxiety (PRPSA) developed by McCroskey (1970; 1992) in order to determine the level of anxiety that a student experiences while holding a speech. At the beginning of the semester, the students were asked to fill out the questionnaire by approximating the level of distress that they experience while holding a public presentation. After the teaching of affective strategies at the end of the semester, the students were given the same questionnaire, with the above described instructions.
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According Beatty, 1988; Beatty, Balfantz & Kuwabara, 1989; Beatty & Frieland, 1990 public speaking anxiety may stem from numerous sources, such as public speaking skills, fluency in a foreign language, emotional predispositions towards public speaking, and characteristics of the public speaking situation itself.
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the teaching of affective strategies helps reduce high levels of public speaking anxiety.

2. METHODS

2.1. Sample

The research was carried out on a total of 202 subjects, freshmen students majoring in tourism, marketing, finances, management, and informatics at the Faculty of economics and tourism “Dr. Mijo Mirković” in Pula. All of the subjects were fulltime students. There were 75 male students (37%) and 127 female students (63%). They attended lectures in Business English 6 hours per week.

2.2. Procedure and Instruments

The research was carried out in two phases. The first measuring was conducted at the beginning of the first semester. In the first phase of research the students were asked to fill out the Personal Report of Public Speaking Anxiety (PRPSA) (McCroskey, 1970; McCroskey & Richmond, 1992) questionnaire by approximating the level of distress that they experience while holding a public presentation. Then, they were taught how to use 9 affective learning strategies in order to reduce public speaking anxiety

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