Reading Anxiety among English Foreign Language (EFL) Learners: A Case Study at SMAN 1 Jetis Ponorogo

Annisaurrohmah, Siti (2022) Reading Anxiety among English Foreign Language (EFL) Learners: A Case Study at SMAN 1 Jetis Ponorogo. Undergraduate (S1) thesis, IAIN Ponorogo.

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Annisaurrohmah, Siti. 2022. Reading Anxiety among English Foreign Language (EFL) Learners: A Case Study at SMAN 1 Jetis Ponorogo. Thesis, English Education Department, Faculty of Tarbiyah and Teacher Training, State Institute of Islamic Studies Ponorogo. Advisor Fenty Andriani, M.Pd.

Keywords: Reading, EFL Reading Anxiety, EFL Learners

Reading is one of the receptive skills which requires students to read and understand a text. Learners must be able to understand the content of the text to process information properly. Thus, anxiety may occur in foreign language learners when reading in class. Foreign language reading anxiety has negative effects on cognitive processing and behavior because in the language class, among anxiety, cognition, and behavior are cyclical influence one another. Therefore, it is crucial to analyze students’ reading anxiety in learning English as their foreign language.

The purposes of the study were to analyze the level of students’ reading anxiety, to describe the factors causing students’ reading anxiety, and to evaluate how the students at SMAN 1 Jetis Ponorogo overcome their reading anxiety.

This research used a mixed method with a case study research design. The population in this study were eleventh graders at SMAN 1 Jetis Ponorogo which consisted of 3 classes with a total of 70 students. The sample of this research was students of class XI IPA 1 with a total of 24 students who were taken by purposive sampling on the advice of the English teacher. This research was conducted at SMAN 1 Jetis Ponorogo in the academic year 2021/2022. The researcher used data collection techniques in the form of observations, questionnaires, interviews, and documentation. Then the data results were analyzed using descriptive statistical analysis with SPSS 23 and Microsoft Excel 2019 to calculate the percentage. The data in this study was presented in numbers or percentages which were then described in words.

The results of the study obtained three points of conclusion. First, students’ reading anxiety level was categorized into 3 levels, low (8.3%), medium (75%), and high (16.7%). Second, the factors causing students’ reading anxiety showed that in the aspect of text features, unfamiliar culture occupies the highest position of student responses who agree with these points (31%), followed by unfamiliar topic (29%), and in the last was unknown vocabulary (10%). Furthermore, for the aspect of personal factors, fear of making errors occupies the first position (35%) and followed by worry about reading effects (25%). Third, the strategy to overcome reading anxiety that was mostly applied by students was peer seeking, then followed applied relaxation, positive thinking, avoiding eye contact, preparation, resignation, and keeping silent. It is hoped that this research can reduce the existence become of EFL learners’ reading anxiety and contribute to the parties involved by making this research their reference.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate (S1))
Thesis Supervisor: Fenty Andriani
Subjects: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Divisions: Fakultas Ilmu Tarbiyah dan Keguruan > Jurusan Tadris Bahasa Inggris
Depositing User: Miss Perpustakaan IAIN Ponorogo
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2022 04:14
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2022 04:14

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