Presenter: Christina Gkonou
Title: Foreign language learner anxiety: Causes, consequences and classroom cures
Abstract: Research into foreign language anxiety has shown how pernicious it can be for learners and the extent to which it can negatively influence their academic achievement and psychological well-being inside and outside of class. Anxiety is therefore mainly depicted as a negative emotion. However, there are individuals who, after long-standing battles with anxiety, have managed to significantly control it and overcome it; or they have managed to turn a negative situation into a positive one and reap the benefit of adopting a different mindset. In this workshop we will look at the nature of foreign language learner anxiety and how it has been conceptualised in previous research. We will then consider classroom applications of this research in two ways: first by looking at what teachers can do to help their highly anxious learners, and second by reflecting on how coping strategies, as reported by highly anxious language learners, could form part of our teaching practices.