Non-English Major Students’ Strategies to Reduce Anxiety towards English Group Presentations
Keywords:effective strategies; anxiety; English group presentation; internal factor; external factor
AbstractAnxiety indeed an ordinary thing experienced by everyone when talking in public and can be increased if it is done by using a foreign language. Accordingly, this study aimed to provide a specific description of the students’ anxiety in delivering English presentations as well as provided a solution on how to deal with the anxiety. By applying the quantitative method, a questionnaire survey was floated to the participants for a seven-day period at Hanoi Law University within 100 non-English major students who shared anxieties about delivering presentation and recommended effective strategies for the method. There were several factors that affected student anxiety, namely internal factors which covered fear of failure, fear of criticism, conflicting emotion, speech anxiety, negative experience, fear of losing the thread of material, fear of being stopped, and negative thinking; and external factors which covered condition of presentation room, failing to practice, gender, and physical factor. Strategies that could be applied by participants to cope their anxiety in delivering English presentation were to keep thinking positively toward the audience, the speech, and their self as a speaker, to make good preparation, to rehearse, to keep self-confidence, and to do relaxation.
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