Exploring Korean heritage language learners' anxiety: 'we are not afraid of Korean!'

Jee, Min Jung (2016) Exploring Korean heritage language learners' anxiety: 'we are not afraid of Korean!'. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 37 1: 56-74. doi:10.1080/01434632.2015.1029933

Author Jee, Min Jung
Title Exploring Korean heritage language learners' anxiety: 'we are not afraid of Korean!'
Journal name Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1747-7557
Publication date 2016
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01434632.2015.1029933
Volume 37
Issue 1
Start page 56
End page 74
Total pages 19
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This study investigated Korean heritage language (KHL) learners’ foreign language classroom anxiety, reading anxiety and writing anxiety using the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) by Horwitz, Horwitz and Cope, the Foreign Language Reading Anxiety Scale (FLRAS) by Saito, Garza and Horwitz and the Writing Apprehension Test (WAT) by Daly and Miller. Sixty-one KHL students enrolled in a heritage-track second semester Korean course at a large university in the southwest USA participated. The results showed that the KHL students generally showed low or moderate levels of foreign language anxiety and reading anxiety and a relatively high level of writing anxiety. In addition, the FLCAS had highly positive correlations with the FLRAS and the WAT, indicating that students who had high anxiety about foreign language learning in the classroom also had high levels of reading and writing anxiety. All three types of anxiety correlated negatively with student achievement, that is, students with high anxiety had lower grades. Moreover, significant differences existed between two groups based on perceived cultural ethnicity, indicating that KHL students who identified themselves as Korean showed significantly lower levels of anxiety and had higher grades than KHL students who perceived their cultural identity as American.
Keyword Heritage Korean language learner
Foreign language anxiety
Reading anxiety
Writing anxiety
Ethnic identity of language minority group
Learner differences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 21 April 2015

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