Foreign Language Reading Anxiety: Proficiency and Gender

By Hulya Ipek.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This study aimed at investigating the foreign language (FL)
reading anxiety level of students enrolled in the extensive
English language program at Anadolu University, Turkey. The
foreign language reading anxiety level of the students were
explored in terms of their English language proficiency
level and their gender. Thus, this study aimed at answering
the following research questions: 1. Do levels of FL
reading anxiety vary in relation to language proficiency
level? 2. Do levels of FL reading anxiety vary in relation
to gender? The data were collected through the “Foreign
Language Reading Anxiety Scale (FLRAS)”. The scale was
applied in the first term of the 2007-2008 academic year.
Students had been exposed to 12 weeks of English language
instruction when the scale was applied. The scale was
applied to students in four proficiency levels – beginner,
elementary, lower-intermediate, and intermediate. A total
of 670 students responded to the scale; 281 beginner level
students, 199 elementary level students, 138 lower-
intermediate level students, and 52 intermediate level
students. The level of foreign language reading anxiety was
calculated for each student. Then, the level of foreign
language reading anxiety was compared with students’
language proficiency levels and gender. The results
revealed that the lower the language proficiency level the
more students experience high FL reading anxiety.
Considering gender, it has been observed that the level of
FL reading anxiety experienced by male and female students
differs in terms of their language proficiency level.

Keywords: Anxiety, Reading, Foreign Language, Gender

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp.293-300. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.198MB).

Dr. Hulya Ipek

Assistant Professor Doctor, School of Foreign Languages, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey

Hülya Ipek graduated from Anadolu University, Faculty of Education, ELT Department, Turkey. She received her MA and doctorate degree in ELT at Anadolu University. She has been teaching English at Anadolu University since 1991. She has taught EFL at various departments of Anadolu University: the Faculty of Communication Sciences, the Engineering Faculty, the Conservatory, and the In-service training program. She has been teaching at the School of Foreign languages since 1998. Her research areas are learner-based issues, teaching reading and oral skills, assessment, and FL teaching and learning anxiety.


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