Rapid Changes in Foreign Language Learning Anxiety Caused by a Multiplicity of Topics: An Idiodynamic Approach

(2020) Journal of Language and Education, 6(1), 83-102. doi: 10.17323/jle.2020.9684

20 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2020

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Khatereh Saghafi

Hakim Sabzevari University

Majid Elahi Shirvan

University of Bojnord

Date Written: March 31, 2020

Abstract

Considering the dynamicnature of foreign language anxiety (FLA), we applied an idiodynamic method to explore topic-based variations of FLA. Before the study was conducted, a class of 20 female intermediate English as foreign language learners were assessed using the foreign language classroom anxiety scale (FLCAS). Two low-anxiety learners and two high-anxiety learners were selected to participate in this study. The idiodynamic method involved videotaping the participants’ responses to four topic-based questions, their self-ratings of fluctuations in FLA while answering the questions, and drawing attributions for topic-based changes in FLA. The results demonstrated both within-individual and between-individual stability and variation in FLA. Linguistic block, topic familiarity, topic interest, and topic-related emotional loading were revealed as the major factors affecting the dynamics of FLA. The pedagogical implications of the findings are discussed.

Keywords: Foreign language learning anxiety, idiodynamic method, change, topic, complex system

Suggested Citation

Saghafi, Khatereh and Shirvan, Majid Elahi, Rapid Changes in Foreign Language Learning Anxiety Caused by a Multiplicity of Topics: An Idiodynamic Approach (March 31, 2020). (2020) Journal of Language and Education, 6(1), 83-102. doi: 10.17323/jle.2020.9684, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3614612

Khatereh Saghafi

Hakim Sabzevari University ( email )

Sabzevar, Khorasan Razavi 9617976487
Iran

Majid Elahi Shirvan (Contact Author)

University of Bojnord ( email )

Iran

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