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    The link between foreign language classroom anxiety and psychoticism, extraversion, and neuroticism among adult bi- and multilinguals

    Dewaele, Jean-Marc (2013) The link between foreign language classroom anxiety and psychoticism, extraversion, and neuroticism among adult bi- and multilinguals. The Modern Language Journal 97 (3), pp. 670-684. ISSN 0026-7902.

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    Abstract

    The present study focuses on the link between three global personality traits (Psychoticism, Extraversion, and Neuroticism), one sociobiographical factor (knowledge of languages) and levels of foreign language classroom anxiety (FLCA) (Horwitz et al., 1986) in the second (L2), third (L3) and fourth (L4) language of two groups of adult language learners and users. The first group consisted of 86 students who were enrolled at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK and the second group consisted of 62 students from University of Les Illes Balears in Mallorca, Spain. The main aim was to check whether FLCA is unrelated to a basic personality trait reflecting anxiety (Neuroticism), as is generally reported in the Second Language Acquisition literature. Correlation analyses revealed that Neuroticism has a significant link with FLCA in the foreign languages of both groups, sharing between 9% and 25% of variance. Moderately significant relationships were found between Psychoticism, Extraversion and FLCA in one group only. Language knowledge had an effect on FLCA in some languages. Strong correlations between FLCA values in L2, L3 and L4, suggest that levels of FLCA are relatively stable across the foreign languages known by the learners/users.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): foreign language classroom anxiety, Psychoticism, Extraversion, Neuroticism, multilingualism, Second Language Acquisition
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2013 07:19
    Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 14:26
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/7455

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