Public Speaking in a Second Language: An Investigation of Student Apprehensions.Report as inadecuate

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A study examined the appropriateness of a university reticence program for students who speak English as a Second Language (ESL). An analysis of enrollment indicated that ESL students were enrolling in the reticence program in proportions that exceeded their own enrollment in the university and that ESL students were more likely than native speakers to enroll in the reticence option. A questionnaire was distributed to 50 faculty and teaching assistants who were responsible for one or more sections of the basic speech course. These surveys and interviews were used to gain insight into the appropriateness of either regular public speaking classes or the reticence program to address ESL students' speech skills and apprehension needs. The study concluded that while the current self-selection of students into reticence sections is not an appropriate choice from the available options, neither course addresses the specific skill or apprehension issues of second language public speaking. (Contains 27 references and 6 notes). (Author/NKA)

Descriptors: Communication Apprehension, Curriculum Research, English (Second Language), Foreign Students, Higher Education, Public Speaking, Questionnaires, Student Needs, Teacher Surveys

Author: Cyphert, Dale


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