The Effect of Computer Anxiety and Computer Self-Efficacy on Iranian EFL Learners’ Performance in the Speaking Section of the TOEFL iBT

Document Type: Original Article


Department of English, Faculty of Humanities, Garmsar Branch,Islamic Azad University, Garmsar, Iran


Over the last few years, role of computers has become a controversial issue in language learning. This study was designed to examine the impact of computer anxiety and computer self-efficacy on the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT test taken by Intermediate EFL learners. The researchers intended to find out, which var- iable i.e. computer anxiety and/or self-efficacy would result in better performance in speaking section of the TOEFL iBT. Independent-Samples t-test and ANOVA were run to analyze the data. The results of the study demonstrated that computer anxiety and computer self-efficacy significantly affected the perfor- mance of Iranian EFL learners. Computer anxiety and self-efficacy, however, function differently. The computer self-efficacy was more effective on Iranian EFL learners’ performance in the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT.


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