ERIC Number: ED323774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Anxiety in Second Language Performance of Language Dropouts. Research Bulletin No. 657.
Gardner, R. C.; And Others
A study investigated the relationship of different aspects of anxiety and second language production in a relatively non-threatening oral production task. Subjects were 43 introductory psychology students who had completed grade 12 French instruction at least 1 year prior to the study who had not had any formal French instruction since then. The subjects were told they would do a number of oral French tests but before beginning, completed a questionnaire indicating how anxious they felt at the time. In the first part of the task, the subjects were asked to name and record in French items belonging in certain categories. In the second part, they recorded their attempts at completing specific communicative tasks in French. After completion, subjects completed a battery of tests assessing various types of anxiety. After this, the subjects were told they would do more French tests, but again, were first administered the state anxiety measure. Subjects were then given an alternate form of the French test. Language test responses were scored for word production for categories and for grammatical accuracy in continuous speech. Results suggest that context-relevant anxiety, as distinct from general or situationally-aroused anxiety, plays a significant role in second language learning. A brief bibliography is appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: University of Western Ontario, London. Dept. of Psychology.