Use of video blogs in alleviating public speaking anxiety among ESL learners

Use of video blogs in alleviating public speaking anxiety among ESL learners. Journal of Education and e-Learning Research, 7 (1). pp. 93-99. ISSN 2410-9991 (2020)


Speaking ability is one of the integral language components in English language acquisition. This ability is a challenging one to master for ESL learners, as it involves several linguistic and nonlinguistic features in presenting ideas and it is frequently associated with anxiety. Public speaking anxiety is a common issue faced by students learning a second language. Feelings such as stage fright and nervousness could contribute to their anxiety in communicating using the target language. Additionally, the classroom environment, the presence of the instructor and peer pressure could also be factors which pose a threat for students, particularly in public speaking settings. The present study aims to investigate whether public speaking anxiety can be alleviated through the use of online platforms and/ or video blogs. The creation of personal video blogs could potentially help learners by providing a safe and non-threatening learning environment in which to practise their public speaking skills. This study also aims to identify the factors that influence the use of video blogs as a public speaking platform. A mixed-method approach is designed to examine the effects of using video blogs. A set of questionnaires and semi-structured interviews were applied to groups of tertiary level ESL learners. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to data analysis were carried out and the results indicate that the use of video blogs does bring significant positive outcomes in reducing public speaking anxiety among ESL learners.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Public speaking anxiety, Video blogs, Language learning environment, Speech communication
Taxonomy: By Subject > Communication & Media Studies > Communication > Interpersonal Communication
Local Content Hub: Subjects > Communication & Media Studies
Depositing User: Mohd Fadhli Samsudin
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2022 23:57
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2022 08:07
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