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Effects of Online International Peer Learning Program on Speaking Ability and Language Anxiety

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I-Ju Chen

Ling Tung University, Taichung, Taiwan.

*Corresponding author: I-Ju Chen

Published: September 18,2023

Abstract

This study aims to investigate the effect of online international peer learning program on speaking and language anxiety at the undergraduate level. A case study was employed with 32 undergraduate students from the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at a university in central Taiwan. The training course aimed to enhance students' English communication skills by facilitating interactions with online foreign peers. Quantitative data were collected by means of participants’ oral proficiency tests as well as Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) given before and after the online peer learning program. A significant improvement in students' oral proficiency scores was found from pre- to post-program assessments. While there was no statistically significant reduction in overall speaking anxiety levels, there was a noticeable decrease in anxiety levels following the intervention. Results suggested that the online international peer learning program effectively enhanced the speaking proficiency of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students and, to some extent, alleviated their learning anxiety. Based on these findings, this study provides pedagogical suggestions for L2 practitioners.

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How to cite this paper

Effects of Online International Peer Learning Program on Speaking Ability and Language Anxiety

How to cite this paper:  I-Ju Chen. (2023). Effects of Online International Peer Learning Program on Speaking Ability and Language Anxiety. The Educational Review, USA7(8), 1052-1058.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/er.2023.08.002