An Investigation of Reading Anxiety among Vietnamese English Major Students




Understanding EFL students' anxiety when performing a reading task has gained much attention in recent research. In Vietnam, not much research focuses on the anxiety level of English-major students. This study aims at measuring linguistics students' reading anxiety levels using the English as a Foreign Language Reading Anxiety Inventory (EFLRAI) (Zoghi & Alivandivafa, 2014). A total of 72 linguistics students from two Reading classes at the International University, VNU-HCMC, took part in this study. A follow-up interview was carried out with the students to further investigate the factors, including top-down reading anxiety, bottom-up reading anxiety, and classroom reading anxiety. Quantitatively, the findings revealed that the majority of students experienced low to moderate levels of reading anxiety. Most students reported that their reading background knowledge and reading ability, namely the top-down factors, accounted the most for their negative emotions while performing the task. Importantly, some solutions related to teaching strategies were recommended by students for a better learning environment.

Author Biographies

Nguyen Le Bao Ngoc, International University, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ngoc Nguyen is now working as a full-time lecturer in International University, Vietnam National University HCMC. She holds a Master Degree in Applied Linguistics from Macquarie University, Sydney. She has conducted a number of studies related to enhancing students’ motivation and performance in skills classes.

Nguyen Hoang Phuong Mai, International University, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Nguyen Hoang Phuong Mai is currently a lecturer at International University, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City. She holds a Master Degree in TESOL from University of Queensland, Australia. She has great interest in carrying out research on Affective Filter in Second Language Acquisition and Innovative Approaches in Language Teaching.

Tran Thuy Hang, International University, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Tran Thuy Hang is a full -time lecturer in International University, Vietnam National University HCMC. She got a Master Degree in TEFL at Southern New Hampshire University, USA in 2011. She has 16 years of experience teaching EFL, and EAP. Her research interests include language teaching and learning theories, and teaching methodologies. 


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How to Cite

Nguyen, L. B. N., Nguyen, H. P. M., & Tran, T. H. (2023). An Investigation of Reading Anxiety among Vietnamese English Major Students. ICTE Conference Proceedings, 3, 1–14.