The Impacts of Teachers’ Beliefs on Students’ Anxiety about Foreign Language Learning: The East and the West

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

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The study is an attempt to explore the impacts of teachers’ beliefs on students’ anxiety about foreign language learning. In addition to getting data from 23 Taiwanese English teachers and 140 freshman students for beliefs (Horwitz, 1988) and anxiety (Horwitz, Horwitz & Cope, 1986), findings of Kern’s (1995)-a study of American teachers of French, Aida’s (1994)-a study of American students of Japanese, as well as Horwitz, Horwitz, and Cope’s (1986)-a study of American students of Spanish, were adopted to compare teachers’ beliefs and students’ anxiety between two different culture settings—Taiwan and the United States. Findings show that Chinese teachers and American teachers are different in some of their beliefs, and the differences bring about a different degree of anxiety for their respective students. The findings can provide language teachers with more understanding about how their beliefs may cause anxiety in their students.

Keywords: Teachers’, Beliefs, Students’, Anxiety, Foreign Language Learning

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 8, pp.245-260. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 836.739KB).

Yen-ju Hou

Department of Applied English, Shu Zen College of Medicine and Management, Tainan County, Taiwan

Lee Fen-ming

Far East University of Technology, Far East University of Technology, Tainan, Taiwan

Yi-an Hou

Assistant Professor, General Education Center, Kaomei College of Health Care and Management, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Wei-yu Chung

Instructor, General Education Center, Kaomei College of Health Care and Management, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Hsueh-yu Cheng

Professor, Department of Applied English, Aletheia University, Tainan County, Taiwan


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