INDONESIAN POST-GRADUATE EFL STUDENTS’ WILLINGNESS TO COMMUNICATE IN ENGLISH AS L2
Willingness to communicate (WTC) is crucial to language learning and communicative ability. WTC and related variables in English language acquisition have been studied extensively. However, practical issues still showed a problem if many advanced EFL students, such as postgraduates, still showed low WTC in content classes where English is used as the medium of instruction. Furthermore, individual differences were highlighted in differences in Willingness to Communicate where L2 students with high degrees of communicative skill continue to be reluctant L2 speakers, while Low-proficient speakers can converse constantly in their second language. So, the present study investigated what factors led to four EFL Indonesian postgraduate students’ Competence in English during classes that were lectured in English. The qualitative examination of an interview, questionnaire, and observational data revealed that individual, environmental, social-cultural, and educational factors influenced the Performance of English-speaking students in the classroom. The findings show the importance of adopting a situational viewpoint to comprehend WTC and bring attention to the distinction between WTC while using English for general communication and WTC in academic settings.
Keywords: Willingness to Communicate, English, Second Language