English language speaking anxiety is considered as one of the most challenging issues in teaching learning process. Educationists and researchers have undertaken numerous, in-depth research on causes and reasons for speaking anxiety. There are many internal and external factors that impact the level or intensity of speaking anxiety. This paper highlights the various factors that lead to speaking anxiety of Arts and Science college students who belong to different discipline. It also focuses on the measures taken by them to overcome speaking anxiety factors. © 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.