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ERIC Number: EJ1177762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1533-242X
Exploring Turkish EFL Students' Writing Anxiety
Ekmekçi, Emrah
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, v18 n1 p158-175 Apr 2018
This study specifically focuses on foreign language writing anxiety in an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) context in Turkey. The participants of the study are 126 prospective teachers of English attending an ELT department of a state university in Turkey. The aim of the study is to find out the levels and types of foreign language writing anxiety and to determine whether there exists statistically significant differences between freshman and senior students in terms of levels and types of anxiety. The results of the study reveal that 60% (n: 76) of the participants have moderate anxiety about writing in English. The results also indicate that there is a statistically significant difference between the two groups in terms of anxiety levels in general and somatic anxiety levels in particular. However, no statistically significant difference has been found between the two groups with regard to avoidance behavior and cognitive anxiety. The findings from the quantitative data have also been confirmed via an open-ended questionnaire. The results of the study are significant in that it may shed light on foreign-language writing anxiety problems and raise awareness of language teachers, syllabus designers, and material developers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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