ERIC Number: ED336934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Dispelling Students' Fears and Misconceptions about Foreign Language Study: The Foreign Language Anxiety Workshop at the Defense Language Institute.
Campbell, Christine M.; Ortiz, Jose
All incoming students at the Defense Language Institute now participate in a 3-hour workshop to prepare students better, psychologically, for the experience of learning a foreign language in an intensive program. The workshop includes an attitude survey constructed by researchers, discussion of a questionnaire on the myths and realities of foreign language learning, information on learning strategies specific to foreign language study, an exercise to develop confidence, an exercise for coping with frustration, and discussion of the characteristics of the ideal foreign language learner. An earlier study compared the attitudes of two student groups, one participating in the pre-course workshop and one not participating. Results indicate little difference between the two groups in the pattern of anxiety and anxiety abatement, a finding attributed to the possible confounding effect of the language course itself. However, it is concluded that anxiety associated with foreign language learning is a very real issue with important consequences for instruction, testing, and curriculum development. In addition, the program is seen as benefitting individual students and also helping to transform a disparate student group into a cohesive community for intensive language learning. (MSE)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Change Strategies, Communication Apprehension, Intensive Language Courses, Language Attitudes, Learning Strategies, Postsecondary Education, Professional Education, Program Descriptions, Second Language Instruction, Skill Development, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Study Skills, Workshops, Young Adults
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Defense Language Institute CA
Note: In: New Challenges and Opportunities. Dimension: Languages 87. Report of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching, p29-40, 1988. For the proceedings, see FL 019 352.