Exploring the Relationship between EFL Public Speaking Class Anxiety and Emotion Regulation

Kesen Mutlu A.

ICPLTL 2022, İstanbul, Turkey, 26 - 27 October 2022, pp.16

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.16
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Speaking anxiety has long been known as one of the variables that affects the performance of second/foreign language learners in or out of the class environment. For many years, researchers have worked on finding out the relationship between foreign language speaking anxiety and various factors such as proficiency level, fear of negative evaluation, and communication apprehension. Public speaking anxiety- a type of social anxiety- has also received considerable interest among scholars and researchers searching to find out the effects of public speaking anxiety on the learning process. However, the number of studies needs to be increased. To fill this gap, the present study scrutinized the relationship between public speaking class anxiety and emotion regulation in the EFL context. The participants were 100 EFL learners enrolled in the English Language Teaching Department of various universities in Turkey. The quantitative data was collected through Public Speaking Class Anxiety Scale and Emotion Regulation Scale. Correlation analysis was used to explore the relationship between EFL public speaking anxiety and emotion regulation. The findings of the study revealed significant implications for language teachers and learners. Keywords: Public speaking class anxiety, emotion regulation, EFL learners