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ERIC Number: EJ1105172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-578X
Investigating Foreign Language Learning Anxiety: A Case of Saudi Undergraduate EFL Learners
Al-Khasawneh, Fadi Maher
Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, v12 n1 p137-148 2016
This study investigates the level and sources of foreign language learning anxiety experienced by Saudi students studying at King Khalid University (KKU). It also aims to examine the differences between the level of language anxiety and the students' study level. For this purpose, 97 English majored students from different levels were purposively chosen to participate in this study. The research instrument used in this study was Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scales (FLCAS) developed by Horwitz, Horwitz, & Cope (1986). The collected data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 17.0. The results obtained from this study revealed a moderate level of anxiety as reported by the students. The students experienced different sources of language anxiety such as communication apprehension, anxiety of English classes, fear of negative evaluation, and test anxiety. Also, no statistically significant differences were found between the students' level of anxiety and their level of study. The results of this study suggest that the classroom atmosphere should be motivating and encouraging. Teachers are recommended to deal with anxiety-provoking situations carefully as they are the most involved part in this process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale
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