Vol. 5,No. 2, February 2015

Author(s): Mohammad Idris, Fadil Elmenfi, Ahmed Gaibani

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to examine the English language apprehension and interpersonal communication for 170 international postgraduate students, who study in the College of Art and Science, University of Utara Malaysia. The research objectives are: firstly, to determine to what extent international postgraduate students‘ attitudes influence English language pronunciation for interpersonal communication. Secondly, to examine the relationship between attitudes and English language apprehension towards the effectiveness of interpersonal communication, and thirdly, to examine the adoption levels of English language among the students. Based on the previous factors, a questionnaire survey was developed to investigate the relationship between Attitude-self disclosure and English language apprehension, and the building of bonding sense in interpersonal communication. The results provided in this study are reporting the information collected from the survey and the statistical analysis of the data collected. The data was analyzed using SPSS. The research also suggests a significant and negative impact of English language apprehension on building a bonding relationship (r = -0.254, p< 0.01).Since the majority of international postgraduate students agreed that the English language is an important and useful language in interpersonal communication, hence, for future studies, we should look at the importance of English language in the bonding relationship, besides, how the international postgraduate students in UUM improve their proficiency in English towards mastering the use of English language in interpersonal communication.

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