紀要論文 Speaking anxiety and the effects of previous overseas experience in an English intensive program before study abroad
Speaking anxiety and the effects of previous overseas experience in an English intensive program before study abroad
斎藤, ともみ
飯田, 毅
Saito, Tomomi
Iida, Tsuyoshi

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Many studies on foreign language (FL) anxiety have been conducted, but there are few studies to investigate FL anxiety of university students in Japan who are required to study abroad for a year. This study addressed three questions: (1) what kind of FL anxiety do pre-departure university students in the study abroad program have? (2) does previous overseas experience influence factors of FL anxiety? (3) what variables of FL anxiety, including previous overseas experience, influence L2 speaking proficiencies? A total of 81 Japanese second-year female students participated in this study. The Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) (Horwitz, Horwitz, & Cope, 1986) was administered to identify FL anxieties of these students. The participants were divided into three groups: those with no experience abroad, those with a short-term experience abroad (less than 6 months), and those with a long-term experience abroad (more than 6 months). The results revealed three factors of FL: Lack of Speaking Confidence (LSC), Classroom Anxiety (CA), and Comparison with Peers (CP). They also clarified that previous overseas experience before enrolling in university contributes only to LSC. Finally, the study found that LSC and CP were predicators of actual speaking proficiency. This study suggests that (1) enhancing self-perception by giving many opportunities to practicing speaking English and (2) making the classroom relationships are important in FL learning.
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