Students’ Writing Anxiety, Reading Motivation and Writing Achievement during Covid-19 Pandemic
A high level of students’ anxiety in writing is one of the factors behind unsatisfactory writing performances. It influenced the students to refrain from participating in any writing activities to reduce negative impressions from their classmates about their ability. It also led the students to avoid writing in the target language, and thus this can directly affect their writing performance. Moreover, the students with high levels of anxiety were less confident and did not enjoy writing-demanding situations. Thirty-three students were participating in this research. They were in the fifth semester of the English Education Department in one private university in Jakarta. The findings of this study showed that the higher the level of writing anxiety, the worse the writing ability, meanwhile the higher the level of reading motivation, the better the writing ability. These factors are essential, especially in teaching writing, to facilitate better students’ learning process during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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