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“I’m scared, but I can speak”; Speaking Problems Faced by Junior High School Students in Sidoarjo, Indonesia

“Aku takut, tapi aku bisa berbicara”; Masalah Berbicara yang Dihadapi Siswa Sekolah Menengah Pertama di Sidoarjo, Indonesia




Speaking Skill, Speaking Problems, Learning English, Junior High School


This research is aimed to investigate the speaking problems faced by students in learning English. By using descriptive qualitative design, six students of junior high school representing high and low scores were observed and interviewed related to the speaking problems based on the theory proposed by Ur, which are inhibition, nothing to say, low or uneven participation, and mother-tongue usage. The results indicated that high and low scores students were experienced speaking problems, even though the students with low scores were more visible. The results of this study have implications for junior high school students who need to increase their confidence in speaking skills in English classes by consistently practicing it inside and outside the classroom. In addition, by knowing students' speaking problems, English teachers in junior high schools also need to improve their pedagogical knowledge, especially in teaching more varied speaking skills that can help their students learn English.


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