The Effect of Anxiety on Speaking Ability: An Experimental Study on EFL Learners

Mojtaba Aghajani, Hanieh Amanzadeh

Abstract


The study is aimed to investigate the relationship between students’ anxiety and their communication performance. To this end, 40 upper-intermediate adult (male and female) EFL learners were chosen through convenience sampling. A speaking test was administered which were scored from 0 to 10 and then answered a 33-item 5-point Likert scale FLCAS questionnaire. The results of the study indicated that there is a significant negative relationship between students’ anxiety and their communication performance. Consequently, it could be concluded that (high) anxiety was effective (negatively) in the performance of students.


Keywords


anxiety, speaking, performance, communication, EFL learner

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