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Title: Anxiety in Spanish EFL University lessons: Causes, responsibility attribution and coping
Authors: Arnáiz Castro, Patricia 
Pérez-Luzardo Díaz, Jessica María 
UNESCO Clasification: 57 Lingüística
Keywords: Anxiety
Foreign language
Self-perceived responsibility
Self-perceived coping ability
University context
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: 0081-6272
Journal: Studia Anglica Posnaniensia 
Abstract: Few studies have focused on the anxiety experienced by learners of English as a foreign language in the context of Spanish universities. This study reports on the findings of an investigation into the sources of 216 Spanish university students’ anxiety and incorporates two underexplored aspects in this area, namely, the responsibility students attribute to different agents and the perception students have of their own ability to cope during an anxiety episode. A qualitative/quantitative design was used. Results indicated that the primary source of anxiety related to the speaking skill. Quantitative analyses revealed that learners place the main responsibility for their anxiety on themselves and that women hold themselves responsible for their anxiety to a greater degree than men. The perceived coping ability of men and women was ranked below ‘fair’. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
ISSN: 0081-6272
DOI: 10.2478/stap-2014-0003
Source: Studia Anglica Posnaniensia[ISSN 0081-6272],v. 49, p. 57-76
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