International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Identification of Affective Factors Influencing Students’ Low Participation in University EFL Oral Classes: An Iranian Case Study
Abdolnoor Khaleghi

Undoubtedly, Asian students’ low participation when performing oral tasks in classrooms has been one of the topics frequently addressed in recent research studies and many factors such as sociocultural, affective and pedagogical ones, have been explored. Consequently, this research adopts quantitative-qualitative method and is carried out in an undergraduate EFL classroom at Bandar Abbas Islamic Azad University. Participant observation by administrating a Likert- scale questionnaire and a semi-structured interview is used to collect data. Iranian students’ participation as well as and the underlying factors of the students’ behavior patterns are investigated. Additionally, this research aims to determine what the key affective factors affecting students’ low participation in university oral classes are. Finally, the results showed that five main factors such as lack of confidence, shyness, anxiety, afraid of making mistakes and afraid of being despised are the most prohibiting affective factors among university students in EFL classes.

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