Increasing University Students’ Willingness to Communicate Via Skills Training

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Jeff Broderick, Tokyo Denki University

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Broderick, J. (2016). Increasing university students’ willingness to communicate via skills training. In P. Clements, A. Krause, & H. Brown (Eds.), Focus on the learner. Tokyo: JALT.

Students at a Japanese science and technology university were given before and after questionnaires to assess their willingness to communicate in various situations. Respondents were separated into two groups: One group received training in public speaking; the other group received discussion and general conversation training. After 6 months, the public-speaking group showed significant increases in self-confidence and lowered anxiety in public-speaking tasks compared with the discussion group, indicating that task training can impact willingness to communicate over the long term.