A recent article in “Psychology Today” explores the topic of anxiety in foreign language learning. It mentions the work by Prof. Jean-Marc Dewaele, University of London, who identified that girls tend to experience higher levels of anxiety than boys when learning a foreign language. Individuals scoring highly on perfectionism and introversion are also highly affected by foreign language fright to the extent that perfectionist feel overwhelmed by high performance standards and introverts feel inhibited to speak in a foreign language.
To read more, here is the link to the original article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/life-bilingual/201608/foreign-language-learning-is-dating-it-spurs-anxiety
Affiliation : York University, Ontario, Canada
Fernanda Carra-Salsberg has been a postsecondary foreign language educator for the past fifteen years. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, her interest in language, culture, migration and identity formations stems from her repeated relocations as a child and an adolescent migrant, and from experiences as a foreign-language pedagogue. She has taught English as a Second language and Spanish. Carra-Salsberg is currently teaching Spanish Grammar to Heritage and Second language learners at York University, Ontario, Canada. Carra-Salsberg has obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honours in Spanish Language, Literature and Linguistics at York University, a Bachelor of Education Degree in Second Language Acquisition and History at OISE UT, and a Master of Arts Degree in Spanish Language and Ibero-American Literature at the University of Toronto.
Most recently, Carra-Salsberg has completed an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Degree at the Faculty of Education, York University. Carra-Salsberg resides in the Greater Toronto area (Ontario, Canada) with her spouse and two daughters.