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    Foreign language enjoyment and anxiety: the effect of teacher and learner variables

    Dewaele, Jean-Marc and Witney, J. and Saito, Kazuya and Dewaele, L. (2017) Foreign language enjoyment and anxiety: the effect of teacher and learner variables. Language Teaching Research 22 (6), pp. 676-697. ISSN 1362-1688.

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    Abstract

    Positive psychology has boosted interest in the positive as well as the negative emotions that Foreign Language learners experience. The present study examines whether -and to what extent- foreign language enjoyment (FLE) and FL classroom anxiety (FLCA) are linked to a range of learner-internal variables and teacher/classroom-specific variables within one specific educational context. Participants were 189 British high school students learning various FLs. Levels of FLE were linked to higher scores on attitudes towards the FL, the FL teacher, FL use in class, proportion of time spent on speaking, relative standing and stage of development. Lower levels FLCA were linked to higher scores on attitudes towards the FL, relative standing and stage of development. FLCA thus seems less related to teacher and teacher practices than FLE. The pedagogical implication is that teachers should strive to boost FLE rather than worry too much about students’ FLCA.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 16:05
    Last Modified: 28 May 2019 08:14
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/18216

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