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Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, v13 n2 p117-124 2009

Affective factors seem to play a crucial role in success or failure in second language acquisition. Negative attitudes can reduce learners' motivation and harm language learning, while positive attitudes can do the reverse. Discovering students' attitudes about language will help both teacher and student in teaching learning process. Anxiety is one of the affective factors which plays an important role in learning and teaching process. This article deals with the concept of anxiety, its measurement and its contribution to learning and teaching. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)

Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Negative Attitudes, Second Language Learning, Anxiety, Affective Behavior, Teaching Methods, Second Language Instruction, Measurement, Classification

Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics. Department of English, Namseoul University, 21 Maeju-ri, Seonghwan-eup, Cheonan-city, Choongnam, Korea 330-707. Tel: +82-2-3290-1995; e-mail: paalkorea[at]; Web site:

Autor: Tasnimi, Mahshad


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