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.