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Title: A Study on the correlation between anxiety and academic self-concept in interpreter trainees
Authors: Arnáiz Castro, Patricia 
Pérez-Luzardo Díaz, Jessica María 
UNESCO Clasification: 57 Lingüística
570112 Traducción
Keywords: Anxiety
Interpreter training
Foreign language learning
Issue Date: 2016
Journal: Circulo de Linguistica Aplicada a la Comunicacion 
Abstract: This paper focuses on two basic issues: the anxiety-generating nature of the interpreting task and the relevance of interpreter trainees’ academic self-concept. The first has already been acknowledged, although not extensively researched, in several papers, and the second has only been mentioned briefly in interpreting literature. This study seeks to examine the relationship between the anxiety and academic self-concept constructs among interpreter trainees. An adapted version of the Foreign Language Anxiety Scale (Horwitz et al., 1986), the Academic Autoconcept Scale (Schmidt, Messoulam & Molina, 2008) and a background information questionnaire were used to collect data. Students’ t-Test analysis results indicated that female students reported experiencing significantly higher levels of anxiety than male students. No significant gender difference in self-concept levels was found. Correlation analysis results suggested, on the one hand, that younger would-be interpreters suffered from higher anxiety levels and students with higher marks tended to have lower anxiety levels; and, on the other hand, that younger students had lower self-concept levels and higher-ability students held higher self-concept levels. In addition, the results revealed that students with higher anxiety levels tended to have lower self-concept levels. Based on these findings, recommendations for interpreting pedagogy are discussed.
ISSN: 1576-4737
DOI: 10.5209/CLAC.53477
Source: Círculo de lingüística aplicada a la comunicación [ISSN 1576-4737], n. 67, p. 57-88
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