CÁI NHÌN THẤU ĐÁO VỀ NGUYÊN NHÂN CỦA SỰ IM LẶNG TRONG CÁC LỚP HỌC TIẾNG ANH NHƯ MỘT NGOẠI NGỮ
AN INSIGHT INTO SOURCES OF RETICENCE IN EFL CLASSROOMS
This paper presents an insight into students’ reticence considered a problematic agent faced by most EFL/ESL
teachers in Asian educational settings based on empirical evidence. With the hope of getting reliable data, a mixed
methodology is employed to investigate the origin of this phenomenon and the application of teachers’ practices. Non-English
majors coming from four General English classes and twelve experienced lecturers at a provincial university are willing to
participate in answering a questionnaire and a ten-question interview. The results show that sources of reticence relate to
cultural and educational matters and mainly arise from student and lecturer factors. Consequently, the research provides
feedback to the current context of Vietnamese universities where students’ lack of interaction is complained and de-evaluated.
This paper hopes to contribute practical teaching approaches to help teachers of the same interests overcome this obstacle
and reach the communicative purposes in teaching and learning English.