Non-native student teachers' feelings of foreign language anxiety


Kunt N., Tum D. O.

2nd World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES-2010), İstanbul, Turkey, 4 - 08 February 2010, vol.2, pp.4672-4676 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 2
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.03.748
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.4672-4676
  • Keywords: Foreign language anxiety, FLCAS, teacher anxiety, teacher education, pre-service teachers' anxiety, CLASSROOM, COMPREHENSION, PERFORMANCE, JAPANESE

Abstract

This study investigates the feelings of foreign language anxiety of student teachers studying in a teacher education program in North Cyprus. The Turkish version of Horwitz's (1986) Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale and a set of open-ended questions were administered. The results indicate that different levels of anxiety were measured and also various anxious responses to open-ended questions obtained. In the light of these findings, there is a need to support future language teachers to eliminate, or at the very least to cope with, their foreign language anxiety prior to the start of their teaching career. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.