Examining Levels and Factors of Speaking Anxiety among EFL Libyan English Undergraduate Students

Abdalaziz M. Toubot, Goh Hock Seng, Azizah binti Atan Abdullah


This study aims at investigating EFL the fourth-year students’ level of speaking anxiety. Also, the study investigates the main three factors (communication apprehension, fear of negative evaluation and low self-confidence) that contribute to increasing speaking anxiety among EFL learners. The Foreign Language Speaking Anxiety Scale (FLSAS) has been adapted to collect quantitative data and specifically measure speaking anxiety. The sample of this study was 300 fourth-year English department students at three universities in Libya. The findings of this study revealed that students experienced a moderate to high level of EFL speaking anxiety. Additionally, the findings of the study revealed that the low self-confidence factor received the highest average followed by fear of negative evaluation, and communication apprehension factors.


Communication Apprehension, Fear of Negative Evaluation, Fourth-Year English Department Students, Low Self-Confidence, Speaking Anxiety

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