THE IMPACT OF ANXIETY ON SPEAKING IN ADOLESCENT AND ADULT GROUPS OF ENGLISH LEARNERS

Keywords: foreign language, second language acquisition, affective factors, anxiety, speaking, adults, adolescents.

Abstract

Aim: The aim of this article is to investigate the interdependence between adolescent and adult students’ anxiety and their foreign language speaking achievements. It has been proved that there is no correlation between adolescent learners’ anxiety and their speaking attainments in a foreign language as well as that there is a weak correlation between adult students’ anxiety and their speaking achievements.

Method: The author of the study employed quantitative research. Data was collected from anxiety questionnaires completed by the students and from achievement sheets filled in by the English teacher based on five-minute speeches performed by adolescent and adult students.

Conclusion: According to the research results, there is no interdependence between adolescent students’ anxiety and their speaking attainments and the correlation between adult students’ anxiety and their speaking achievements is weak. Nevertheless, a number of other studies revealed the interdependence between students’ anxiety and their speaking attainments. Therefore, limitations of the study should be born in mind, and the results of the following study can be applied only to the subjects participating in the study. Hence, it is relevant to repeat the study with larger samples of subjects.

Author Biography

Bogusława Gosiewska-Turek, Institute of English, University of Opole, Pl. Kopernika 11 Opole, Poland

Graduated from Silesian University with MA degree in law and from Higher Philological School in Wrocław with MA degree in English (English language teaching specialty).

Interested in glottodidactics, namely teaching English to special education needs students, teaching methods and approaches and neurobiological aspects in education. Currently she is a PhD student of English Language and Literature at Opole University.

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Published
2018-09-05
How to Cite
Gosiewska-Turek, B. (2018). THE IMPACT OF ANXIETY ON SPEAKING IN ADOLESCENT AND ADULT GROUPS OF ENGLISH LEARNERS. Journal of Education Culture and Society, 9(2), 93-106. Retrieved from https://e-journals.pl/index.php/jecs/article/view/10.15503jecs20182.93.106