Impediments to Delivering Oral Presentations in English among Malaysian ESP Undergraduates

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Benraghda, Abdelmadjid and Noor Raha, Mohd Radzuan and Zuraina, Ali (2017) Impediments to Delivering Oral Presentations in English among Malaysian ESP Undergraduates. English for Specific Purposes World (53). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1682-3257


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A common issue faced by many undergraduates in the classroom is the requirement to deliver oral presentations in English. The current study investigates local and international undergraduates’ attitudes towards oral English presentations in class. Then, the correlation is examined between the undergraduates’ attitudes and their performance scores in oral presentation in English. Moreover, this study tries to shed some light on the problems hindering undergraduates in delivering oral presentation in the classrooms. Questionnaire and Semi-structured interviews were conducted with undergraduates at the Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Malaysia. The results show that the undergraduates possess a positive attitude towards oral English presentations. Additionally, a positive correlation is found between the students’ attitudes and their scores in oral presentation. The findings of the semi-structured interviews reveal a number of impediments exist in presenting orally in English. These hindrances include anxiety, poor English language proficiency and classroom atmosphere. The findings contribute to a better understanding of the nature of the undergraduates’ attitudes with regards to their oral performances in tertiary academic and professional spheres.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Attitude, English language, impediments, and oral presentation
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions:Centre For Modern Languages and Human Sciences
ID Code:18139
Deposited By: Mrs. Neng Sury Sulaiman
Deposited On:23 Aug 2017 11:15
Last Modified:17 Jan 2018 10:47

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