Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number2 June 2021                                                  Pp.185-208
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no2.13

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Involvement in Extracurricular Activities and Overcoming High Levels of
Communication Apprehension among Saudi EFL Majors
 

Lubna Alnaeem
Department of English Language and Literature
College of Languages and Translation
Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Received: 1/13/2021               Accepted: 5/31/2021               Published: 6/24/2021

 Abstract:
This study attempted to examine the relationship between participation in extracurricular activities and levels of Communication Apprehension (CA) among English as a foreign language (EFL) students and explore the students’ perspectives of how extracurricular activities affect their communication skills. The study addressed the following two questions: a) what is the relationship between EFL students’ involvement in extracurricular activities and their level of Communication Apprehension?, b) What are the EFL students’ perspectives regarding the effect of extracurricular activities on their communication skills?. The participants were 40 EFL students among 80 who participated in extracurricular activities at the College of Languages and Translation at Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh. The participants were asked to complete a Personal Report of Communication Apprehension (PRCA-24) to examine their levels of CA as well as a questionnaire about their attitudes toward extracurricular activities. Additionally, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 8 participants to explore their perspectives in depth. The findings showed that most participants had moderate levels of CA and that 100% of the participants agreed that participation in extracurricular activities helped them reduce CA and improve their communication skills. The study also showed that extracurricular activities were more helpful than classroom activities in improving communication skills. This study is significant in that it shed the light on the importance of involvement in extracurricular activities and their role in improving EFL students’ communication skills and lowering CA levels. Thus, it is recommended to encourage EFL students to participate in extracurricular activities and consider including such activities in course requirements and teaching materials.
Keywords: communication apprehension, communication skills, extracurricular activities, Saudi EFL majors

Cite as:  Alnaeem, L.  (2021). Involvement in Extracurricular Activities and Overcoming High Levels of Communication
Apprehension among Saudi EFL Majors.  Arab World English Journal, 12 (2) 185-208.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no2.13

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Received: 1/13/2021  
Accepted: 5/31/2021 
Published: 6/24/2021   
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 Dr. Lubna Alnaeem, assistant professor at the Department of English Language and Literature, College of Languages and Translation, Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud University (IMSIU), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The author is interested in language teaching and learning, curriculum development, and teacher cognitions. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1714-7768