Investigation into Difficulties in Public Speaking among English-majored Students at University of Phan Thiet




CLT approach, English speaking skills, classroom activities, interaction


The main aim of the study was to identify the difficulties in public speaking skills among English-majored students at the University of Phan Thiet. A total of 60 students were asked to participate in the research. The findings revealed that students have clear perceptions about the significant roles and the high difficulty level of public speaking skills. Furthermore, of all the difficulties students encountered when speaking in front of many people, the two most common problems were fear of making mistakes and being observed, which wore down their confidence. Based on the findings, several suggestions were made to improve students' public speaking skills. The findings in this study were also expected to be beneficial to teachers, educators, and schools in improving the experience of students when taking public speaking courses.

Author Biographies

Nguyen Thanh Tan, Faculty of Fundamental Sciences, University of Architecture Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

TAN Thanh Nguyen is currently a full-time lecturer at University of Architecture Ho Chi Minh City (UAH), Vietnam. He holds an MA in TESOL from Edith Cowan University, Australia. He teaches ESP to students of Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Construction majors. His research interests include positive psychology in languague education, ESP vocabulary acquisition.

Tong Thi Truong Nhung, Faculty of Faculty of Foreign Languages, University of Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam

TONG, Thi Truong Nhung is currently a full-time English lecturer at Phan Thiet University (UPT), Viet Nam. She holds an MA in TESOL from Edith Cowan University, Australia. Her research interests include pedagogical scenarios, assessment and evaluation, and curriculum development in language education.


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How to Cite

Nguyen, T. T., & Tong, T. T. N. (2024). Investigation into Difficulties in Public Speaking among English-majored Students at University of Phan Thiet. International Journal of Language Instruction, 3(1), 17–30.



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