Causes of English Major Student-Teachers' Classroom Participation Reluctance at Kuwait University

Wafaa S. Al-Yaseen

Abstract


Classroom participation plays an important role in developing students' oral fluency, and general understanding of the subject content. However, there is a noticeable participation reluctance among English major student-teachers in the College of Ed-ucation at Kuwait University. The present study investigates the causes of such a reluc-tance. The study adopted the descriptive analytical methodology applying a 4-Likert scale to respond to a thirty questionnaire items. Two domains were covered: the English language professor, and the English major student-teachers. The sample covered a total of 150 English major student-teachers 30 males and 120 females. The study revealed significant differences α=0.05 in the means between the participants according to gender in favor of females-student teachers and according to high school specialization in favor of Arts specialization. However, there were no significant differences according to the years of study.

Keywords


Classroom participation, English major, student-teachers, participation reluctance, Kuwait University.

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