Do Learners of Different Foreign Languages Have Different Beliefs and Anxiety? A Case Study of Taiwanese Learners of English and Japanese

By Yi-an Hou, Yen-ju Hou, Wei-yu Chung and Hsueh-yu Cheng.

Published by The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies

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The study was an attempt to investigate whether there was any difference on beliefs and anxiety between learners of different foreign languages. Subjects were 117 Taiwanese foreign language learners, participating in a university’s foreign languages program, including forty in the English class and seventy-seven in the Japanese class. They were arranged to fill out a questionnaire dealing with their belief (Horwitz 1988) and anxiety (Horwitz, Horwitz, and Cope 1986) about that target language. Findings showed that English learners had more favorable beliefs about English learning, but Japanese learners were more anxious about learning Japanese. In addition, students’ beliefs were found to have some impacts on their anxiety, and some significant differences did exist in beliefs and anxiety between English learners and Japanese learners. The findings can provide language teachers with more understanding about their individual students’ beliefs and anxiety in learning that target language.

Keywords: Belief, Anxiety, Learners of Foreign Languages

The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies, Volume 13, Issue 4, December 2015, pp.67-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: October 30, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 507.966KB)).

Yi-an Hou

Assistant Professor, General Education Center, Kaomei Junior College of Healthcare and Management, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Yen-ju Hou

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied English, Shu Zen Junior College of Medicine and Management, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Wei-yu Chung

Lecturer, General Education Center, Kaomei Junior College of Healthcare and Management, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Hsueh-yu Cheng

Professor, Department of Applied English, Kainan University, Taoyuan, Taiwan