Cambodian Secondary English Private School Students’ Attitudes Toward English Public Speaking Class

Authors : Kroeun Kruy

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 9 - September

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The paper is about the attitudes of secondary English private students toward English public speaking classes. Speaking in public is considered crucial for everyone at all times. More intensively, public speaking is even more challenging for speakers to convey the concept of words to audiences. It is even more challenging when anyone is learning English as a foreign language and delivering a speech in English in front of groups of people or a large audience, such as in English public speaking contests. The author used a quantitative descriptive method to collect data in this study. He asked permission from one of the English Private Schools in Kandal Province in the author’s native country, Cambodia. The students of English in this private school usually attend English public speaking contests or debates yearly with other students from other private schools and government schools. The questionnaire consists of two main parts. The former is about student’s demographic information and has three items. The latter is adopted from the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) proposed by Horwitz et al. (1986), comprising 20 items. The study examined the causes of language learning anxiety among 83 private English-speaking secondary school students from Cambodia. Secondary school English private students frequently experience anxiety when speaking in English, fearing failure and comparing their abilities to others. On the other hand, some students are at ease interacting with native speakers, demonstrating readiness and fearlessness in English-speaking situations. However, the study used only a quantitative method. The study aimed to explore to what extent secondary English students’ attitudes are toward English public speaking classes. Furthermore, this study digs out to see whether there is any difference in private students’ attitudes toward the English public speaking class. Further study of similar titles of the study should be conducted using a mixed method with a larger sample.

Keywords : Cambodia, Attitudes, Public, Speaking, Confidence, Attitude.


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