International Journal of English Research

International Journal of English Research


International Journal of English Research
International Journal of English Research
Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2017)

A study on the factors affecting ESL learners’ English speaking skills


Sanchita Bhattacharya

With the globalization of the world and the widespread use of the English language, the English learners’ oral communication competence, is becoming increasingly important. Therefore, college students are required to have high oral English proficiency. However, disappointedly, we find that undergraduate students’ English speaking ability remains far less desirable and most of them still cannot communicate effectively and confidently. The great number of erroneous utterances that learners of English produce is an indication of how serious the problem is. There is a need to discover the reasons behind this worrying trend. Given the scarcity of research in Kolkata, in this area, it was felt that it would be timely to study this issue. The present study aims to investigate the speaking problems of a cross-section of undergraduate students majoring in Communicative English in Kolkata. It also explores the underlying factors that contribute to the existence of these difficulties. It seeks to establish students’ self- perception of their own difficulties based on a questionnaire survey. The study identified the main learning difficulties in English speaking as perceived by the students. Based on the results of the survey, some recommendations have also been made.
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Sanchita Bhattacharya. A study on the factors affecting ESL learners’ English speaking skills. International Journal of English Research, Volume 3, Issue 4, 2017, Pages 31-37
International Journal of English Research