Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/111688
Authors: 
Gargalianou, Vasiliki
Muehlfeld, Katrin
Urbig, Diemo
van Witteloostuijn, Arjen
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Schumpeter Discussion Papers 2015-002
Abstract: 
We investigate the relationship between gender and foreign language anxiety (FLA) in the second language (L2: English) of 320 adult bilinguals (L1: Dutch) outside the foreign language learning context. Results show that females experience higher levels of FLA. The association between gender and FLA, however, is a reflection of gender differences in personality; personality mediates most of this relationship. Individuals who are highly emotional or conscientious - dimensions for which males and females demonstrate substantial differences - experience higher levels of FLA. Furthermore, this relationship is stronger for women; that is, gender also acts as moderator to the personality-FLA relationship.
Subjects: 
foreign language anxiety
gender
personality
survey
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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