THE CORRELATION BETWEEN STUDENT’S ANXIETY AND READING COMPREHENSION OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (EFL) IN CLASSROOM: (A STUDY AT FULL BRIGHT ENGLISH COURSE IN MAKASSAR)
This study aimed to determine the factors influencing students' anxiety in reading foreign language text and to find the correlation between the student’s anxiety and reading comprehension. This research used quantitative approach where the correlation variables uncovered the relation whether or not in students' anxiety and reading comprehension. The participants of the research were 35 of 100 students at Full Bright English course in Makassar. In collecting the data, firstly, the researcher used a questionnaire to find out the factors influencing students' anxiety. Secondly, researcher used tests to find the relationship between students' anxiety and reading comprehension. The finding of the research revealed that there were two factors influencing students' anxiety namely feature text and personal factors. The anxiety was triggered by feature text involving unknowing vocabulary, unfamiliar topics, and unfamiliar culture. Otherwise, personal factors included afraid of making errors and reading impact. The result of students' anxiety and reading comprehension had a value of r-computed (-453) indicating a significant negative correlation. In other words, students' anxiety was higher than reading comprehension. The convinced relationship or the correlation strength was 0.01 level (2-tailed). It indicated that a significant correlation existed between students' anxiety and reading comprehension.
Foreign Language, Anxiety, Reading Comprehension