The Conundrum of Second Language Writing Anxiety Among ESL Students

  • Nurul Ain Hasni Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Perak
  • Norasyikin Abdul Malik Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Perak
  • Muhd Syahir Abdul Rani Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Perak
  • Syaza Kamarudin Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Perak

Abstract

This study aimed to identify the main causes of ESL writing anxiety experienced by Malaysian university students. The students’ attitudes towards writing were also examined, which believed to influence their writing anxiety. This study was based on quantitative research and questionnaires consist of causes of writing anxiety were used to collect data. The results revealed that there are positive attitudes towards writing among UiTM students although they experienced anxiety towards writing. Respondents also believed that writing is not merely a skill but also a talent that only skilled people can perform. Furthermore, writing course, task fulfilment, writing skill, instructors and materials are not the main causes of writing anxiety among the ESL students in UiTM since most of the responses had neutral attitudes towards the causes. However, some items were rated highest which could lead towards possible causes of anxiety which are incompetence grammar knowledge as well as failure in expressing ideas in English. The study sheds some lights on the problems of ESL writing anxiety and raises awareness of language instructors as well as syllabus designers.

Author Biographies

Nurul Ain Hasni, Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Perak

Nurul Ain Hasni is a member of the Academy of Language Studies at UiTM Perak Branch Seri Iskandar campus. She did her master study in TESL and currently pursuing her PhD in Applied Linguistics, focusing on the area of Linguistic Landscape. Her many interests also include discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, critical pedagogy, as well as professional development.

Norasyikin Abdul Malik, Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Perak

Norasyikin Abdul Malik is a researcher, and lecturer of Academy of Language Studies at UiTM Perak Branch. She holds a Bachelor in Arts of Linguistics, minoring in Literature from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Master of Education (TESL) from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI). Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Applied Linguistics at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Shah Alam focusing on metaphor usage between gender via corpus approach. Her current research interests include the areas of metaphor, persuasive communication, language and gender, as well as corpus linguistics.

Muhd Syahir Abdul Rani, Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Perak

Muhd Syahir Abdul Rani is a language lecturer at UiTM Perak Branch Tapah Campus. He graduated with Master of Education (TESL) from UiTM Shah Alam. His interests include educational psychology, language and teaching and training.

Syaza Kamarudin, Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Perak

Syaza Kamarudin is currently an English lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Mara Perak, Tapah Campus, Malaysia. She graduated with a M.Ed TESL from Universiti Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam in 2017and currently pursuing PhD in Education at the same institution. Apart from sociolinguistics, her research interests include testing and materials.

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Published
2021-09-28
How to Cite
HASNI, Nurul Ain et al. The Conundrum of Second Language Writing Anxiety Among ESL Students. INSIGHT Journal, [S.l.], sep. 2021. ISSN 2600-8564. Available at: <https://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/insightjournal/article/view/14144>. Date accessed: 30 nov. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.24191/doi.org/10.24191/ij.v8i2.81.
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EDUCATION & LANGUAGE STUDIES