ERIC Number: ED415713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-12
Foreign Language Anxiety among College Students.
Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J.; Bailey, Phillip; Daley, Christine E.
This study investigated predictors of foreign language anxiety in 210 university students enrolled in French, Spanish, German, and Japanese language courses. Several instruments were used to gather information on student characteristics, study behaviors, attitudes, and language anxiety experience during the fourth week of the semester. Results revealed that 14 variables (gender, age, academic achievement, semester course load, prior history of visiting foreign countries, high school experience with foreign languages, expected grade for current language course, perceived intellectual ability, perceived scholastic competence, perceived appearance, perceived self-worth, cooperativeness, value placed on competitive learning, academic locus of control) contributed significantly to prediction of foreign language anxiety. Freshmen and sophomores reported the lowest levels of anxiety, and levels increased linearly as a function of year of study. Implications of the findings for understanding language anxiety and for classroom teaching and learning are discussed. Contains 13 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age Differences, Anxiety, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Students, Communication Apprehension, Competition, Educational Attitudes, Higher Education, Knowledge Level, Language Attitudes, Personality Traits, Predictor Variables, Second Language Learning, Second Languages, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Stress Variables, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Memphis, TN, November 12, 1997).