ENGLISH LANGUAGE ANXIETY OF PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS: CAUSES AND COPING STRATEGIES

Truly Almendo Pasaribu, Monica Ella Harendita

Abstract


Teaching practice gives students opportunities to learn from their teaching experience in real schools. However, some may experience anxiety because they lack teaching experience. This feeling can pose potential problems to their learning and teaching process. Although anxiety is not considered a new issue, there has been little information as to how Indonesian pre-service teachers’ experience and overcome anxiety in teaching English as a foreign language. The research aimed at addressing two questions: 1) what are the possible causes of Indonesian pre-service teachers’ anxiety in teaching English? And 2) how do Indonesian pre-service teachers manage anxiety when teaching English? This research employed both quantitative and qualitative methods. The data were collected from questionnaires and focus group discussion. The results show that several factors contributing to pre-service teachers’ anxiety, namely: confidence, English skills, preparation, lesson delivery, students’ profiles, evaluation and classroom management. In tackling the problems, the participants applied personal, professional, social, and institutional coping strategies. Recognizing the causes of anxiety and strategies to face it can be one step forward to reduce teaching anxiety.

 

 


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English language teaching, anxiety, pre-service teachers

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