STUDENTS‘ PREPARATION AND THEIR ANXIETIES IN PERFORMING THESIS PRESENTATION IN ENGLISH

Nur Rini, Rr Ririn Budi Utami, Taviyastuti Taviyastuti, Luqman Khakim

Abstract


The study reports the students‘ preparation and their anxieties performing the presentation. Questionnaires arranged based on Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HARS) were given to 50 students who finished their presentations to find out how they prepared for the presentation and what they felt facing the D day. Eighteen oral presentations were video recorded to observe the students facial expression, body-language and attitude. It is found that all students experienced anxieties in different degrees. Surprisingly most students, both male and female underwent severe anxiety, even some female suffered from very severe. The students‘ preparation varied so did the length of the time they spent. Most received help from others to do preparation and practices. Two third of the students faced the screen rather than the examiners while they were presenting their thesis. They expected the examiners to be friendlier and all of presentation devices i.e. LCD, computer, pointer, board markers should be well-prepared in the examining room beforehand. Collaborative alternative solutions are elaborated in this paper.

Keywords


student‘s anxiety, student‘s preparation, thesis oral presentation

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