Universal Journal of Educational Research

ISSN: 2960-3714 (Print) / 2960-3722 (Online)

Publisher: Saint Joseph College

Publication Format: Online

Frequency: 4 issues per year (March, June, September, December)

Language: English

Established: 2022

English Language Learning Obstacles to Second Language English Learners: A Review Article

Supaprawat Siripipatthanakul

Manipal GlobalNxt University, Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Mohammed Yousif Shakor 

University of Garmian, Kalar, Al-Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Penpim Phuangsuwan

University of Phayao, Amphur Muang Phayao, Thailand

Somboon Chaiprakarn

The University of Geomatika, Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


English is essential as an effective communication tool in both local and international contexts. In addition to being used in schools, it is also a teaching tool in colleges and universities. ESL (English as a Second Language) classes are now required in all educational institutions and can't be skipped. When learning a second language, anyone must be physically, mentally, and emotionally involved to communicate and understand what is being said. This systematic review employed qualitative documentary research and adopted content analysis. Following a random selection of reliable and legitimate sources, purposive sampling was used to conduct a content analysis of the selected papers. For this systematic review, sources from EBSCO, Google Scholar, Scopus, Web of Science, and ScienceDirect were used. The findings reveal that English-language obstacles in this article include English learners' writing, speaking, listening, reading, translation, and interpretation skills. The conclusion focuses on English learning obstacles and their improvement through teaching methods and educational technology adoption. The recommendation is to look into quantitative and qualitative research for further study.

KEYWORDS: English learning, skills, obstacles, second language, learner


Siripipatthanakul, S., Shakor, M. Y., Phuangsuwan, P., & Chaiprakarn, S. (2023). English Language Learning Obstacles to Second Language English Learners: A Review Article. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 2(1), 67-77.


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