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Title :Language Learning Anxiety: StereotypesAf fecting Non-Standard ESL Learners
Authors :Goya, Hideki
Issue Date :Oct-2013
Abstract :Anxiety is one of the psychological blockages in language learning. To date, a large number of studies have explored the issue with various factors. However, what might affect anxiety still remains less clear. which presses the necessity of further investigation to establish a more secured language learning environment. The current study conducted of an eight-week long case study to explore a second language (L2) learning anxiety using a non-standard ESL learner's diary. The diary was written by a 30 year-old Japanese female taking ESL classes for a non-academic purpose, specifically to acculturate in the community. The study revealed that (1) the negative mindset influenced her interaction with the native speakers and (2) when her sense of security was higher, anxiety decreased and her motivation to seek more interaction increased until the interaction became meaningful. The findings indicate that lowering the learner's anxiety insured effective learning based on the raised self-confidence and sense of security. Overall, not only should language teachers attend to their own mindsets, but also they need to help learners become aware of their own negative mindsets toward the dominant culture and people to build an acquisition-rich environment (Foley, 1991) for both teachers and learners.
Type Local :紀要論文
ISSN :0919-4215
Publisher :琉球大学法文学部国際言語文化学科欧米系
URI :http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12000/47625
Citation :言語文化研究紀要 : Scripsimus no.22 p.75 -100
Appears in Collections:No.22 (2013/10)

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