The Conundrum of Second Language Writing Anxiety Among ESL Students
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.
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