Hufi Non-Englished Majored Students’ Fears of Public Speaking: Causes and Solutions




Fear, non-English-majored, public speaking, Speech


The purpose of this study is to find out the reasons for HUFI students’ fear of public English speaking. In spite of their competence in the field of work, global professionals experience difficulties as a result of a shortage of proper public speaking abilities. Their professional competitiveness is not depicted by the evaluations and appraisals received. Before the switch from an educational to a professional career, it is, therefore, essential for students to conquer public speaking anxiety. The purpose of this research is to examine the root causes of the level of anxiety among non-English-majored students at HUFI enrolled in a general English class and suggest some ways to defeat the panic. This research involved a numeric survey strategy applied to a sample of 200 students from four non-English major students at HUFI, utilizing a convenience sampling approach. The study found that deeply worried students can act well if they can use specific tactics to help them solve their concerns. Eighty percent of those polled said they were afraid of public speaking, and 97.5 percent accepted that adequate treatment, training, and guidance could lessen this anxiety. According to research, access to a virtual environment could indeed enhance students ' confidence and allow them to confront audiences of any dimension.

Author Biography

Nguyen Thanh Hien, Ho Chi Minh City University of Food Industry, Vietnam

Nguyễn Thanh Hiền was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in 1983. From 2003 to 2010, she worked as a teacher of English at Vietnam Australia International English Language School. After that, she received the Master of Tesol from Victoria University, Australia in 2011. In October, 2011, she joined the Department of Foreign Languages, HUFI, as a Lecturer, and in 2020 she became a Reviewer. She is now in charge of topics such as speaking, English for Tourism, and Interpretation. Her current research interests include students’ fear of public speaking and students’ problems of interpretation and translation.


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How to Cite

Nguyen, T. H. (2022). Hufi Non-Englished Majored Students’ Fears of Public Speaking: Causes and Solutions. International Journal of TESOL & Education, 2(3), 225–234.