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Can you teach me to speak? Oral practice and anxiety in a language MOOC

Bárkányi, Zsuzsanna (2018). Can you teach me to speak? Oral practice and anxiety in a language MOOC. In: Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando; Beaven, Tita and Fuertes Gutiérrez, Mara eds. Innovative language teaching and learning at university: integrating informal learning into formal language education. Research-publishing.net, pp. 9–16.

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Abstract

The present chapter examines learners’ beliefs and attitudes with regard to speaking in a learning environment that is neither formal nor informal. The main research question is whether learners perceive Massive Open Online Language Courses (LMOOCs) as a completely informal context that is free of anxiety or rather as a virtual classroom where Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety (FLA) (Horowitz et al., 1986) is present. Data was obtained from over 200 beginner learners on self-reflective questionnaires and forum discussions. Results indicate that learners have a positive attitude towards language learning on LMOOCs, but FLA is present in this asynchronous speaking environment too and needs to be addressed by the course instructors.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Author
ISBN: 2-490-05709-X, 978-2-490-05709-2
Keywords: LMOOCs; Spanish; foreign language anxiety; informal learning
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > Languages
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 56662
Depositing User: Zsuzsanna Barkanyi
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2018 15:06
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 10:55
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/56662
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