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

Dewaele, JM; Witney, J; Saito, K; Dewaele, L; (2017) Foreign language enjoyment and anxiety: The effect of teacher and learner variables. Language Teaching Research , 22 (6) pp. 676-697. 10.1177/1362168817692161. Green open access

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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 foreign language (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. Higher 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.

Type: Article
Title: Foreign language enjoyment and anxiety: The effect of teacher and learner variables
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1362168817692161
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1362168817692161
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Emotional classroom, foreign language anxiety, foreign language enjoyment, learner-internal variables, teacher effect
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10066029
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