Writing Anxiety: A case study on EFL students' major reasons of writing apprehension in writing classes

İsaoğlu H.

INT-E:International Conference on New Horizons in Education, Barcelona, Spain, 10 - 12 June 2015, pp.728-732

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Barcelona
  • Country: Spain
  • Page Numbers: pp.728-732
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: No


Writing apprehension has been a common problem among the second language learners. Many researchers have indicated that writing apprehension is a crucial determinant of learner’s success in learning how to write effectively in English. Therefore, the purpose of this survey is to reveal the major reasons why students have difficulties in their writing courses. Ten pre-intermediate level English preparatory school students have participated in this research. They were interviewed and requested to reveal the main reasons why they do not feel comfortable while practicing writing. After sufficient data was collected, the most important reasons that made them feel demotivated and anxious while writing were emphasized. According to the results of this research, learners highlighted that they lack crucial writing strategies like organizing their ideas and combining them also they considered that they do not have sufficient knowledge of vocabulary, they have poor grammar and they cannot express their ideas clearly in English and they do not find the writing topic interesting to think about and write. By revealing these major reasons in writing process, this project will contribute to future research on similar topics.