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    Foreign language classroom anxiety of Arab learners of English: the effect of personality, linguistic and sociobiographical variables

    Dewaele, Jean-Marc and Al-Saraj, T. (2015) Foreign language classroom anxiety of Arab learners of English: the effect of personality, linguistic and sociobiographical variables. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching 5 (2), pp. 205-228. ISSN 2083-5205.

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    Abstract

    The present study focuses on the link between psychological, sociobiographical and linguistic variables and Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety of 348 Arabic learners of English (250 females, 98 males). Data were collected using the Arabic Foreign Language Anxiety Questionnaire (AFLAQ; Al-Saraj, 2011, 2014) and an Arabic version of the Multicultural Personality Questionnaire-Short Form (MPQ-SF; van der Zee, van Oudenhoven, Ponterotto & Fietzer, 2013). Multiple regression analyses revealed that self-perceived proficiency in oral English and frequency of use of English explained over a third of variance in FLCA: More proficient and frequent users felt less anxious. Two personality traits, Emotional Stability and Social Initiative explained a further fifth of variance in FLCA, with emotionally stable and more extraverted participants scoring lower on FLCA. Age was the final predictor of a small amount of variance, with older participants feeling less anxious. Degree of multilingualism, sex and education level had no effect on FLCA.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety, English as a foreign language, Arabic learners, self-perceived proficiency, frequency of use, Emotional Stability, Social Initiative, age
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2015 11:06
    Last Modified: 23 Jan 2017 15:59
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/12739

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