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Manifestation of foreign language anxiety among students majoring in linguistics

Liberal Arts in Russia. 2022. Vol. 11. No. 1. Pp. 67-78.
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Atamanova I. V.
Tomsk State University
36 Lenin Avenue, 634050 Tomsk, Russia
Fedorovsky A. Ye.
Tomsk State University
36 Lenin Avenue, 634050 Tomsk, Russia


The authors of the article present the results of evaluating the level of foreign language anxiety among students majoring in linguistics. The phenomenon of foreign language anxiety appears to be a multidimensional one affected by both external and internal factors. To measure foreign language anxiety, the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (E. K. Horwitz, M. B. Horwitz, J. Cope) was used. In addition, the level of ambiguity tolerance as well as that of trait and state anxiety was evaluated for a more complete understanding of the manifestation of foreign language anxiety among students majoring in linguistics. The study involved 65 second-year students studying English, German, Chinese, and Romance languages as their first foreign language within their basic educational curricula at university. The study results showed that the groups selected for analysis (depending on the foreign language being studied) did not statistically significantly differ in their levels of foreign language anxiety and its components (communicative apprehension, fear of negative evaluation, test anxiety, and foreign language class anxiety). The analysis of foreign language anxiety and its components in male and female young adults also revealed no statistically significant differences. Statistically significant differences were found in relation to the parameters of foreign language anxiety and ambiguity tolerance in the groups with moderate and high levels of state and trait anxiety. A lower degree of foreign language anxiety and ambiguity tolerance was observed in the groups with high state and trait anxiety, thus indicating the nonlinear nature of the relationship between foreign language, state, and trait anxiety and requiring further research.


  • • functional bilingualism
  • • foreign language anxiety
  • • ambiguity tolerance
  • • state anxiety
  • • trait anxiety


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