An Investigation into the Causes of Students' Anxiety in Learning English Speaking Skills




speaking skills, affective factor, oral performance, inhibition, anxiety


The origins and effects of anxiety in learning English speaking skills are explored in this research report. Because the study's focus was on the affective aspect of young learners experiencing mental and physical changes, 150 students and four speaking teachers at the College of Electro-Mechanics, Construction and Agro-Forestry of Central Vietnam (CECAC) were chosen as participants in this research. This study was conducted using quantitative and qualitative data collection approaches, which were complimentary. The data collected from the two methods reveals that the reasons for posing inhibition among the students come from themselves, their teachers, and other sources as well. Anxiety, an affective factor, was noticed to interfere significantly with the outcome of students' performance in speaking classes. To help the students become less inhibited, suggestions for employing strategies were also put forward for students and local teachers to help reduce speaking anxiety.

Author Biography

Tran Thi Trang Loan, Ho Chi Minh City University of Food Industry (HUFI), Vietnam

Tran Thi Trang Loan is an English lecturer of the Faculty of Foreign Languages at Ho Chi Minh City University of Food Industry (HUFI). She has contributed several researched articles to the area of Teaching and Learning English, both on local and international forums. She can be contacted at


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How to Cite

Tran, T. T. L. (2022). An Investigation into the Causes of Students’ Anxiety in Learning English Speaking Skills. International Journal of TESOL & Education, 2(3), 183–196.