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Foreign language anxiety among Chinese senior middle schoolstudents: A case study
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Språkängslan inför främmande språk bland kinesiska högstadieelever : En fallstudie (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Anyone who has been learning a new language knows the feeling of anxiety when facedwith the task to use it in the classroom and in real life. Foreign Language Anxiety isconcept developed by Horwitz et al. (1986) to describe and measure this specific form ofanxiety. In this study, the anxiety levels of a class of Chinese senior middle schoolstudents taking an English class have been measured. The levels were measuredaccording to the Foreign Language Anxiety Scale, developed by Horwitz et al. (1986). 59informants participated in the study. The data were analysed to find which factors invokethe most anxiety. To gather qualitative data and gain further insight, two sets of groupinterviews were performed. The results show that a majority of the students suffer fromanxiety in class. Teacher-generated anxiety seems to be the most provoking factoraccording to the analysis.

Abstract [sv]

Alla som har studerat ett främmande språk känner igen den ängslan man upplever närspråket ska användas i klassrummet eller i en autentisk situation. Språkängslan införfrämmande språk är ett begrepp som utvecklats av Horwitz et al. (1986) för att beskrivaoch mäta den här specifika formen av ängslan. I den här studien har nivån av ängslan ien kinesisk högstadieklass som studerar engelska mätts. Nivån har mätts i enlighet medskalan för språkängslan i samband med undervisning i främmande språk (författarensöversättning) utvecklad av Horwitz et al. (1986). 59 informanter deltog i studien. Datananalyserades för att se vilka faktorer som framkallar mest ängslan. För att samlakvalitativ data och få djupare insyn genomfördes också två gruppintervjuer. Resultatetvisar att en majoritet av studenterna lider av ängslan i klassrummet. Lärargenereradängslan är den mest bidragande faktorn enligt analysen.

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2015.
Keyword [en]
Foreign Language Anxiety (FLA), English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS), Chinese learners of English
Keyword [sv]
Foreign Language Anxiety (FLA), Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS), språkängslan, engelska som främmande språk, kinesiska engelskstudenter
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36983OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-36983DiVA: diva2:828495
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English
Educational program
Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: English (300 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2015-08-05 Created: 2015-06-30 Last updated: 2015-08-05Bibliographically approved

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