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Title: Learners’ anxiety in audiographic conferences: a discursive psychology approach to emotion talk
Author: Beatriz de los Arcos
Institution: Open University
Author: James A. Coleman
Institution: The Open University
Author: Regina Hampel
Institution: The Open University
Linguistic Field: Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: Spanish
Abstract: Success and failure in language learning are partly determined by the learners’ ability to regulate their emotions. Negative feelings are more likely to frustrate progress, while positive ones make the task of learning a second language (L2) a more effective experience. To date no significant body of research has been carried out into the role of anxiety in the field of computer-assisted language learning (CALL). The present study adopts discursive psychology (DP) as its methodological approach to examine anxiety not as a psychological state, but as a social construct in the context of an audiographic conferencing tool. After interviewing a sample of learners of Spanish at the Open University (OU), our findings reveal a strong connection between emotion and learner beliefs.


This article appears IN ReCALL Vol. 21, Issue 1.

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