Strategies to Overcome Communication Apprehension during Academic Presentations: A Case of International Students in Malaysian Universities

Fatemeh Amiri, Marlia Puteh


Communication apprehension is defined as “an individual's level of fear or anxiety associated with either real or anticipated communication with another person or persons” (McCroskey 1984: 279). While many prior studies have investigated oral communication apprehension among undergraduate students, there has been little research exploring this phenomenon among doctoral students. This study applied qualitative methodology via observation and interviews. The research subjects were international doctoral students from several Malaysian universities. The experiences of the students in communicating with their examination panel during academic presentations (e.g., proposal and viva) are analyzed and the strategies and techniques employed to overcome communication apprehension are explored.

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Fatemeh Amiri
Marlia Puteh (Primary Contact)
Author Biographies

Fatemeh Amiri, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra 54100 Kuala Lumpur Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Fatemeh Amiri recently received the degree of doctor of philosophy from the faculty of social sciences and humanities at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Her research area is language, culture and communication. She holds a master's in the teaching of English as a second language from the faculty of education at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Her publications include refereed journals and conference papers.

Marlia Puteh, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra 54100 Kuala Lumpur Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Marlia Puteh is associate professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, currently seconded to the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. Her publications include refereed journals, conference papers, book chapters and academic books in the domains of English language studies, engineering education, technology in language learning, higher education policies and disruptive challenges to higher education.

Amiri, F., & Puteh, M. (2022). Strategies to Overcome Communication Apprehension during Academic Presentations: A Case of International Students in Malaysian Universities. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 21(2), 34–43.

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