Student and Lecturer Attributes and University Setting in Nurturing Oral Proficiency

  •  Gopala Krishnan Sekharan Nair    
  •  Roszainora Setia    
  •  Nor Zaitolakma Abdul Samad    
  •  Nazrul Nadziruddin Bin Mohd Zameri    
  •  Azyanee Luqman    
  •  Thenmolli Vadeveloo    
  •  Haslina Che Ngah    


This study is a survey investigating the factors that influence students to talk in English in English classes. The study found that students do have positive attributes towards talking in English in class. Besides, it was also found, using descriptive statistics, that students perceive that the lecturer attributes and the university settings are conducive towards students’ inclination to talk English in English language classes. The student’s motivation level was also found to be satisfactory. Inferential statistics using Pearson ‘r’ was used to establish the relationship between student attributes and their motivation level towards talking in English in English classes. It was also found that there existed significant relationships between lecturer attributes and students’ motivational level towards using English in class. Significant relationships are also established between lecturer attributes and students’ motivational level and also university setting and students’ motivational level when it comes to students preponderance towards using English in the class. In addition to the above factors, factors such as the students’ socio-economic level and the motivation provided by their elementary school teachers should also be investigated. Future researchers should try to find out if those students who received powerful motivation from elementary school teachers end up talking more English in class later on.

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