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ERIC Number: ED307808
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Pages: 64
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Communication Anxiety and Its Effect on Oral Proficiency.
Hurshberger, Lisa
A study investigated the bipolar tension/relaxation factors that affect a second language learner's oral proficiency. While the traditional assumption in the field of second language acquisition is that negative attitudes toward communicative interaction naturally predicate low proficiency, the data gathered from 50 subjects studying English as a Second Language (ESL) in Mostar, Yugoslavia, indicated that an interactive relationship exists between attitudes toward the language learning environment and oral proficiency. Low proficiency learners were not uniformly negative toward communicative interaction, and although positive attitudes became more prevalent with higher levels of English proficiency, there was no consistent attitude shift that could be identified as a producer of greater linguistic proficiency. The questionnaires used to elicit attitudes toward language learning are appended. (DJD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Yugoslavia