Foreign Language Anxiety Among First-Year Saudi University Students

The International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives Vol. 16, No. 2, 2017

15 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2020

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Adam Richard Tanielian

Ramkhamhaeng University - Institute of International Studies; King Faisal University; National Institute of Development Administration

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

This study surveys 156 Saudi male and 131 Saudi female students in their first year at King Faisal University in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Demographic data is collected along with quantitative data using a self-reporting Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) with a 5-point Likert scale. English performance data is collected via course grades. Comparisons are made between genders, majors, course levels and academic terms using ANOVA and descriptive statistics. Correlations and regression assess relationships between FLCA and English performance. Results show moderate levels of FLCA and moderate, negative correlations with performance. Further qualitative data is collected in the form of feedback from foreign English instructors and university administration. Qualitative data is compared to prior research and results from the quantitative study in order to ensure reliability. The discussion and conclusion leads to recommendations for teachers and administrators with the intent of reducing FLCA and increasing educational opportunity.

Suggested Citation

Tanielian, Adam Richard, Foreign Language Anxiety Among First-Year Saudi University Students (2017). The International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives Vol. 16, No. 2, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3609332

Adam Richard Tanielian (Contact Author)

Ramkhamhaeng University - Institute of International Studies ( email )

Ramkhamhaeng University
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Bangkok, Huamark 10240
Thailand

King Faisal University ( email )

Saudi Arabia

National Institute of Development Administration ( email )

Bangkok, 10240

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