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Creating an intimate community in classroom: reducing students’ level of communication apprehension through group work learning strategies

Sahar, Rafidah and Abdullah, Nur Nabilah (2010) Creating an intimate community in classroom: reducing students’ level of communication apprehension through group work learning strategies. In: The Fourth CLS International Conference CLaSIC 2010 Individual Characteristics and Subjective Variables in Language Learning, 2nd-4th December 2010, Singapore. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This research study investigated the effectiveness of group work learning strategy during class lectures and discussion to promote active participation, boost self-confidence and higher course achievement among undergraduates studying at the Centre for Foundation Studies, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Students were exposed to variety of strategies that incorporated the essence of group work learning to reduce student’s anxiety in oral communication. Students’ communication apprehension scores were compared between the beginning and the end of the course. The results of this study illustrated that there was no significant differences observed between the scores of male and female students and the five different degree programs. However, there were significant differences in the scores between the pretest and posttest results. The results illustrated that in general the students’ level of anxiety was reduced significantly from a very high level of apprehension to a modestly high level of communication apprehension. The results also exhibited that the students were less apprehensive in all four communication setting and the most anxiety-inducing setting was public speaking, whereas the least anxiety-inducing setting was group discussion. Thus, the results revealed that group work learning strategy can improve students’ level of communication apprehension, which in turns encouraged them to partake in communicative activities, thus enhancing their learning.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech/Talk)
Additional Information: 5279/82032
Uncontrolled Keywords: group work learning strategy, community, performance, confidence
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1025 Teaching (principles and practices)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Languages and Management
Depositing User: Dr. Rafidah Sahar
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2020 15:18
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2020 15:18
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/82032

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