Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 9. Number 3. September 2018                                   Pp. 33- 44
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no3.3

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Comparison of Communication Apprehension in L1 and Communication Apprehension in
L2 among MA Students with Different Ages Majoring in English in an International
Program in Bangkok

 Sucharat Rimkeeratikul
Language Institute
Thammasat University
Bangkok, Thailand

 

Abstract:
The current study investigates and compares communication apprehension (CA) of the first-year MA students majoring in English in an international program in Bangkok of the academic year 2017.  The research questions are: a) Is there any difference between CA in L1 (Thai) and CA in L2 (English) among the students in the study, b) Is there any difference in CA in L1 among the students in terms of their ages, and c) Is there any difference in CA in L2 among the students in terms of their ages.  Quantitative approach is employed by making use of the Personal Report Communication Apprehension (PRCA-24).  T-test is used to analyze the data.  The participants are 32 students divided into 2 groups according to their ages.  The results indicate that the students’ CA in L1 is lower than their CA in L2 across contexts.  Students who are 30 years old or older are found to be with higher CA in L1 in meetings and public speaking contexts. However, for CA in L2, there is no difference among the students regarding their age difference.  Benefits from this research for the students may occur when their instructors get the insight into their students’ communication traits when using L1 and L2 and they may select appropriate methods when teaching in the classroom and choose effective ways of communication when giving advice for writing a thesis or an independent study to the students of this MA program.
Keywords:communication apprehension, L1 (Thai), L2 (English), students’ ages, Thai
context

Cite as: Rimkeeratikul, S. (2018). Comparison of Communication Apprehension in L1 and Communication Apprehension in L2 among MA Students with Different Ages Majoring in English in an International Program in Bangkok. Arab World English Journal, 9 (3), 33- 44
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no3.1

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Dr. Sucharat Rimkeeratikul is an associate professor teaching English courses at Language
Institute of Thammasat University, Thailand. Her research interests include English language
teaching and learning. She is the author of several articles related to language teaching and
learning. ORCiD ID is 0000-0001-6788-8460