Anxiety in the Sixth Form MFL Classroom

OVERVIEW

Research looking into anxiety with speaking in sixth formers learning Modern Foreign Languages

HOW THE RESEARCH WAS CARRIED OUT

Adapted version of the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS)

  • 25 statements
  • Analysing students’ levels of agreement to measure and locate instances of anxiety

Questionnaires about how students prepared for the oral exam

Questionnaires for teachers

FINDINGS – IMPLICATIONS FOR TEACHERS

Findings so far:

  • Incidences of anxiety were high in the class with respect to the oral exam and speaking in class but there was huge variance in the reasons given for this
  • 72% of students felt keenly that French lessons are something about which people legitimately and understandably become anxious
  • Many students commented that their anxiety led them to not speak in class (despite acknowledging the benefits of practice)
  • Strong links were drawn between a lack of anxiety and the students’ perception of the classroom as a potentiating environment

IMPORTANT TO NOTE

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Author(s)

Kate Thirwall, Cherwell School

Contact information

email_icon-sm kthirlwall@cherwell.oxon.sch.uk

Research Role

Enhanced MLT (Part 3) student

Funding

NA

Status

underway

Links

Anxiety in the sixth form MFL classroom PPT Kate Thirlwall

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