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Anxiety vs. enjoyment in the Chinese EFL context: which predicts listening comprehension better?

Zhu, L. and Aslan, E. ORCID: (2023) Anxiety vs. enjoyment in the Chinese EFL context: which predicts listening comprehension better? TESL-EJ, 27 (2). ISSN 1072-4303

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While foreign language anxiety has received abundant empirical attention, its relationship with foreign language enjoyment and specific language skills is not clearly understood. The present study explores the relationships between Chinese EFL learners’ foreign language listening anxiety (FLLA), foreign language enjoyment (FLE), and listening achievement. Participants (n=255) were undergraduate students majoring in different subjects at two large local universities in China. The Chinese Version of Foreign Language Enjoyment Scale (CFLES) and the Foreign Language Listening Anxiety Scale (FLLAS) were used to measure FLE and FLLA, respectively. Correlation analyses performed on the questionnaire data revealed that while listening achievement negatively correlated with FLLA, it was positively correlated with FLE. A multiple stepwise regression analysis revealed that, of the two variables, FLE was found to better predict listening achievement than FLLA. Additionally, listening comprehension was found to be significantly correlated with private enjoyment, but not with variables relating to learning atmosphere or teachers. These findings highlight the importance of positive emotions and experiences in the language learning process and have implications for classroom practice.

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Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
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