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ERIC Number: ED457695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 41
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Foreign Language Anxiety as an Individual Difference Variable in Performance: From an Interactionist's Perspective.
Kim, Youngsang
This article addresses a research direction in which language professionals' research efforts can be invested to clarify the conceptual framework of the foreign language (FL) anxiety construct and develop an alternative measure to the construct. Current research on the effects of FL anxiety on learner performance has yielded inconsistent research findings. This paper examines three models of FL anxiety: the socio-educational model, the cognitive processing model, and the foreign language classroom anxiety model. It is argued that given the inherent limitations of each model, contradictory findings are in part attributable to the unsound conceptual framework of the construct. This article proposes a conceptual framework within which a measure of the construct sensitive enough to tap anxiety specific to a foreign language classroom setting may ensue, followed by the delineation of future research areas. (Contains 84 references.) (Author/KFT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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