Investigation of Second Language Writing Anxiety Among ESL Students in Public University

  • Nur Aziela Aidit
  • Sheela Faizura Nik Fauzi
  • Esther John Perry


In order to achieve quality education in English especially writing skills, comprehension of Second Language Writing Anxiety (SLWA) needs to be investigated. Hence, the study aims to analyse SLWA among ESL students at public universities. The study's specific goals are to answer the following questions: (1) What factors contribute to SLWA?, (2) What impact does SLWA have on students' academic writing abilities? and (3) What are some suggestions to reduce SLWA? 103 Diploma (70 females, 33 males) students from Universiti Teknologi Mara, Samarahan Campus, participated in the study. A questionnaire was shared via Google Forms. The findings depicted a total of 54.3% (n = 56) of the pupils expressed their utmost anxiety about their peers and the teacher's negative evaluations. Despite their SLWA, 71.8% (n=74) of students mentioned they still looked forward to writing down their ideas. 86.4% (n=89) of the students had a positive view that the teacher should make it clears what the format and style of the essays would be before instructing the class to write them. Students still want to continue writing activities despite their SLWA with detailed guidance from their English lecturers.

How to Cite
AIDIT, Nur Aziela; NIK FAUZI, Sheela Faizura; PERRY, Esther John. Investigation of Second Language Writing Anxiety Among ESL Students in Public University. International Journal of Service Management and Sustainability, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 1, p. 73-92, mar. 2023. ISSN 2550-1569. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 june 2024. doi: