Tammy S. Gregersen (PhD, Universidad Católica de Valparaiso) is Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa.
To Err Is Human: A Reminder to Teachers of Language-Anxious Students
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 2003 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 36, Issue 1, pages 25–32, March 2003
How to Cite
Gregersen, T. S. (2003), To Err Is Human: A Reminder to Teachers of Language-Anxious Students. Foreign Language Annals, 36: 25–32. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2003.tb01929.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT: This interview study examined the reactions of anxious and nonanxious foreign language learners to their own errors. Native Spanish-speaking students were videotaped twice: first as they took part in an English-language conversation with the researcher and then as they watched themselves in the taped interview. An analysis of the participants' English interactions and responses to their own oral performances indicated that anxious and nonanxious students differed in their ability to recognize their errors and in their reactions to making errors. Specifically, anxious learners made more errors, corrected themselves and codeswitched more frequently, overestimated the number of errors that they made, and recognized fewer errors in a stimulated recall situation. The implications for choosing error-correction techniques are discussed.