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    The predictive power of multicultural personality traits, learner and teacher variables on foreign language enjoyment and anxiety

    Dewaele, Jean-Marc and MacIntyre, P. (2019) The predictive power of multicultural personality traits, learner and teacher variables on foreign language enjoyment and anxiety. In: Sato, M. and Loewen, S. (eds.) Evidence-Based Second Language Pedagogy: A Collection of Instructed Second Language Acquisition Studies. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 263-286. ISBN 9780815392521.

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    Abstract

    Background and purpose: Previous research showed that Foreign Language Enjoyment (FLE) and Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety (FLCA) were negatively correlated but essentially independent dimensions. The current study confirms this finding with new additional empirical evidence. Methods: This mixed-methods study is based on feedback from 750 FL learners around the world obtained via an online questionnaire. Quantitative data were Likert scale responses. Qualitative data (descriptions of classroom episodes in which participants experienced intense FLE and FLCA) was coded according to the source(s) of the emotion. Findings: Correlation analyses confirmed that FLE and FLCA are separate dimensions. Multiple regression analyses revealed that FLE was mostly predicted by teacher-centred variables while FLCA was mostly predicted by the personality trait Emotional Stability. This finding was confirmed in the analysis of participants’ words. The most frequent cause of the FLE experience was the teacher while FLCA experiences were mostly frequently linked to the self. Conclusion: FLCA is less context-dependent than FLE. Pedagogical suggestions: Teachers may rather focus on boosting FLE in a positive classroom environment rather than worry over FLCA.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge.
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2019 14:53
    Last Modified: 03 Dec 2019 14:30
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/30105

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