Ridwan Nurmansyah, Eva Nurmayasari


Anxiety is a feeling of frustration, being threatened, apprehension, tension, and worry. Anxiety plays role in affecting especially low proficiency level students in learning English particularly speaking skill. This research is aimed to find out factors that cause low proficiency level students’ anxiety during speaking English. This research is designed using descriptive qualitative which involved 10 low speaking proficiency students’ at English Department Program Faculty of Teachers Training and Education in a private university in Bogor as participants. The data were gathered through questionnaire and interview. The result shows there are 7 factors that lead low proficiency level students to anxiety during speaking English. Lack of vocabulary takes first place admitted by 52.6% respondents, followed by lack of preparation stated by 50.5% respondent in second place. Third place sit by fear of making mistakes confessed by 49.7% of respondents. Fourth, there are 49.6% of respondents who felt anxious because of their low English proficiency. Fear of being attention is another factor causing 49.6% of respondent anxious. Lack of practice makes 48.5% respondents feeling anxious in speaking. And the last is the students’ inability to express ideas resulting 45.0% of respondents anxious because they do not know what to say. The finding also shows that the strategy mostly employed by the low proficiency level students to cope with their anxiety in speaking is having better preparation.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.32832/english.v12i2.3826

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