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Obstacles Facing English Language Students in Speaking at the Faculty of Education in Nalut

This study aims to reveal the factors affecting students at Faculty of Education in Nalut to develop their speaking skills. It used qualitative and quantitative approaches to address this issue. Three assistant professors were interviewed, and 27 students were requested to answer the questionnaire. The results reveal that there are three different interrelated factors negatively impacting students' speaking improvement. These factors are the use of correct grammar, lack of vocabulary and pronunciation as linguistics factors whereas psychological factors are accounted for lack of motivation and anxiety. The external factors were dominated by the lack of practice outside the classroom and problems related to the course of listening and speaking. Students' carelessness also was another major drawback factor that affected their speaking improvement. It is believed that the findings of this study could have a profound impact on the way speaking courses should be taught, and how it can be effective by taking into consideration the factors affecting students' progress in speaking. Therefore, it is suggested that teachers should re-evaluate students’ grammatical errors in their speaking to gradually improve speaking teaching methods. Most importantly, teachers should provide a stress-free learning environment to reduce anxiety and enhance motivation. Meanwhile, students should have practical plans to reduce or overcome their psychological issues. If they manage to do that, they will definitely improve their speaking skills resulting in rising self-confidence.

Obstacles, Speaking, Learners, Affecting, Factors, Language

APA Style

Shaiboob, A., Hablaja, S. (2024). Obstacles Facing English Language Students in Speaking at the Faculty of Education in Nalut. International Journal of Language and Linguistics, 12(1), 32-46.

ACS Style

Shaiboob, A.; Hablaja, S. Obstacles Facing English Language Students in Speaking at the Faculty of Education in Nalut. Int. J. Lang. Linguist. 2024, 12(1), 32-46. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20241201.15

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Shaiboob A, Hablaja S. Obstacles Facing English Language Students in Speaking at the Faculty of Education in Nalut. Int J Lang Linguist. 2024;12(1):32-46. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20241201.15

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