[EDLING:166] Foreign language anxiety crippling for some students, says scholar
Francis M Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Sat May 26 22:52:13 UTC 2007
The University of Texas at Austin
Foreign language anxiety crippling for some students, says scholar
Elise has a rather sad and surprising story about why she got a biology degree rather
than a degree in English. Turns out the university she attended required fewer foreign
language credit hours for science than for English, and foreign language classes had
always left Elise feeling like she was having a massive heart attack and needed to
mainline Zoloftso she chose science.
Dr. Elaine Horwitz is the author of Becoming a Language Teacher: A Practical Guide to
Language Learning and Teaching (Allyn & Bacon, 2008).
Avoidance, at all costs, of rolling her rs in front of 20 virtual strangers or
mastering nasal vowels is how Elise came to be a sales representative at a
pharmaceutical company rather than write the Great American Novel.
According to Dr. Elaine Horwitz, around one-third of university students can relate,
to some degree, to Elises reaction. Horwitz, who is a foreign language education
professor in the College of Educations Department of Curriculum and Instruction at
The University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the study of students emotional
responses to foreign language learning.
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