Journal of English Teaching through Movies and Media 2002;3(2):87-108.
Published online December 30, 2002.
Factors Causing Writing Apprehension among ESL Learners
Jae Oke Joe
Abstract
In order to discover the factors causing writing apprehension among ESL students at American colleges and universities, this study explored the experiences of ESL students with writing in both their previous and current contexts. The primary data consisted of interviews with 16 students from 10 different countries, studying in a college writing class. This study also collected secondary data which included classroom observation and the participants' written work. These helped guide the discussion at the interviews with respect to the contexts in which the participants wrote. All interviews were tape recorded, transcribed, and analyzed. The findings indicated that all participants were apprehensive about writing. Three major factors causing their writing apprehension were discerned: linguistic, situational, and psychological. Implications and recommendations are provided for teachers who interact with ESL writers.
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