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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ANXIETY: AN INVESTIGATION ON ITS CAUSES AND THE INFLUENCE IT POURS ON COMMUNICATION IN THE TARGET LANGUAGE

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Author(s): Dr. T. Karunakaran | Md. Masud Rana | Manwarul Haq

Journal: The Dawn Journal
ISSN 2277-1786

Volume: 02;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 554;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Anxiety | Communicative language | Investigate | Language pedagogy | Qualitative study

ABSTRACT
That anxiety has an influential effect on learning English language is undeniable. It has been observed through different research activities that most of the students in English language classrooms experience anxiety that results in stuttering and fast heart beating. The wide-spread use of English language and the use of communicative language teaching have increased the demand to have a good command over English but existence of such anxiety prevent, most of the time , them from achieving the expected goal. To achieve the desired goal, the responsibility of a language teacher is deemed highly important in order to assist the learners. This qualitative study has attempted to investigate the factors that language anxiety can possibly stem from learning environment and has recommended a variety of strategies to cope with it. The data were collected through semi-structured interviews with four individuals who have been learning English for several years. Findings of the study exhibit the basic causes of English learning anxiety from the learners’ perspectives as well as the effects of it. Furthermore, considering the important role of teachers in foreign language pedagogy, a need has been felt to investigate the beliefs and perceptions of language teachers about learning and teaching English.
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