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American Journal of Educational Research. 2014, 2(5), 299-303
DOI: 10.12691/education-2-5-10
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A Study of Chinese College Students’ English Reading Anxiety

Xinguang SHAO1,

1School of Foreign Languages, University of Jinan, Jinan City, China

Pub. Date: May 06, 2014

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Xinguang SHAO. A Study of Chinese College Students’ English Reading Anxiety. American Journal of Educational Research. 2014; 2(5):299-303. doi: 10.12691/education-2-5-10

Abstract

Anxiety is one of the affective factors that have effects on Chinese college students’ English reading comprehension. The study aims to investigate some causes of Chinese college students having English reading anxiety with the help of questionnaires and interview with some subjects, which may help them find out some useful and practical strategies to overcome it. After careful analysis of the subjects’ scores, five causes are found out. They are students’ lack of cultural knowledge of English-speaking countries, lack of confidence in reading English, lack of necessary reading skills, lack of English linguistic knowledge and lack of interest in reading English. Some measures may be taken by teachers to deal with their students’ reading anxiety. They should try to motivate the students to make more efforts and help reduce their reading anxiety in order to increase their learning efficiency in English reading.

Keywords:
Chinese college students English reading anxiety questionnaire reading skills confidence interest in reading English

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