Keiko K. Samimy (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is Associate Professor of Foreign Language Education at The Ohio State University, Columbus.
Adult Language Learners' Affective Reactions to Community Language Learning: A Descriptive Study
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© 1994 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 27, Issue 3, pages 379–390, October 1994
How to Cite
Samimy, K. K. and Rardin, J. P. (1994), Adult Language Learners' Affective Reactions to Community Language Learning: A Descriptive Study. Foreign Language Annals, 27: 379–390. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1994.tb01215.x
- Issue online: 31 DEC 2008
- Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT The importance of affective variables in the language learning experience has become prominent in recent literature and research. A review of the literature has revealed that since 1970, more than 100 empirical studies have been conducted. Most of these studies are quantitative in nature. The present study, however, is qualitative. It uses as its data, graduate students' self-report papers about their Community Language Learning (CLL) experience. These reflection papers revealed three affective variables–anxiety, motivation, and attitude. The findings in this study confirm existing research which indicates that affective barriers can be responded to positively by approaches, methods, and techniques which focus on 1) a supportive environment; 2) a nonjudgmental teacher attitude; 3) peer support; 4) activities that relate personally to learners; and 5) activities that facilitate individual and community achievement.