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Title: Anxiety in Spanish EFL students in different university degree programmes
Authors: Arnáiz Castro, Patricia 
Guillén García, Félix 
UNESCO Clasification: 58 Pedagogía
61 Psicología
Keywords: Anxiety
Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS)
Spanish EFL learners
Degree programme
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: 0212-9728
Journal: Anales de Psicologia 
Abstract: Researchers have studied the effects of anxiety on foreign language learning since the 1970's, and despite significant advances in approaches to language teaching, the literature continues to report the existence of language apprehension in the classroom and its debilitating effect on the learning process. However, very few studies have been developed in a socio-cultural context comparable to ours, namely, a Spanish university in which English is learnt. This study set out to examine and compare the feelings of anxiety experienced by university students enrolled in six different degree programs. A total of 200 students participated in this study. The data were collected using the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) (Horwitz, Horwitz and Cope, 1986). The analyses reveal, firstly, that all the students suffered from average anxiety levels; secondly, that only in one of the aspects is the anxiety level of participants with English as a main subject (i.e. chosen) lower than that of participants for whom English is a non-elective degree requirement; and in the third place, that the relationship between anxiety and the mark obtained by participants is stronger in the case of those who have English as a degree requirement. The implications of these results for a better understanding of anxiety and foreign language learning are discussed.
ISSN: 0212-9728
DOI: 10.6018/analesps.29.2.130791
Source: Anales de Psicologia[ISSN 0212-9728],v. 29, p. 335-344
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