Foreign Language Anxiety's Forgotten Study: The Case of the Anxious Preservice Teacher

Tum D. O.

TESOL QUARTERLY, vol.49, no.4, pp.627-658, 2015 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 49 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/tesq.190
  • Journal Name: TESOL QUARTERLY
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.627-658
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


This article argues that nonnative preservice teachers are just as susceptible to foreign language anxiety as are inexperienced language learners, a claim carrying important implications for the EFL classroom. The results of the study described in this article indicate that anxious preservice teachers experience significant levels of language anxiety to a degree that may cause them to avoid using the target language and language-intensive teaching practices in their classrooms. The article also proposes steps toward helping preservice teachers cope with and hopefully overcome their language anxiety.