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ERIC Number: EJ920517
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1345-8353
Anxiety and Academic Reading Performance among Malay ESL Learners
Mohd. Zin, Zuhana; Rafik-Galea, Shameem
Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, v14 n2 p41-58 2010
Research into the factors that contribute to reading performance decrement in L2 reading among ESL university students is still being extensively researched in the context of ELT. This is because successful academic performance is highly dependent on good reading ability. While it is widely accepted that poor reading performance is due to lack of linguistics knowledge, ESL students' reading performance is sometimes said to be influenced by anxiety. L2 reading research has indicated that anxiety is among one of the important factors in explaining individual differences in reading. Studies have shown that anxiety can hinder comprehension by interfering with the readers' cognitive systems which are responsible for processing the information in the reading texts. It appears that anxious readers are most likely to experience interference with their cognitive ability resulting in deficits in their comprehension performance. Hence, anxiety is seen to play a role in influencing comprehension performance among the ESL learners. This paper presents findings based on a study which investigated the relationship between reading anxiety and comprehension performance of academic texts among ESL Malay students. The findings show that the anxiety influenced the subjects' reading performance significantly. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia