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Title: Taiwanese Private University EFL Students' Reticence in Speaking English
Authors: Jenkins, John R.
Keywords: reticence;Chinese EFL students;foreign language anxiety;oral participation;peer pressure;EFL classroom participation
Date: 2008-03
Issue Date: 2018-05-09 16:44:55 (UTC+8)
Abstract: The topic of this qualitative research concerned the reticence to speak English in a classroom setting for EFL students studying in private universities in Taiwan. Ten participants were interviewed 4 times and participated in a focus group discussion regarding reticence to speak English in a classroom discussion. Participants were second year English majors selected from a group of 22 students who volunteered to participate out of a class of 350 students. Participants were first asked to rate themselves regarding their motivation to and effort in learning English followed by the use of Q-sort cards to stimulate the students’ thinking concerning important factors that contribute to their reticence in speaking English. Culture (face saving), personality (self-confidence), and classroom atmosphere were identified to be contributing factors in the participants’ reticence to speak English.
Relation: Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 5(1),61-93
Data Type: article
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