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ERIC Number: EJ1224169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1345-8353
The Impacts of an Intensive English Camp on English Language Anxiety and Perceived English Competence in the Japanese EFL Context
Noguchi, Tomoka
Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, v23 n1 p37-58 2019
The purpose of this study is to explore how students' anxiety about learning English and their perception of their English communicative competence change through participating in a five-day English camp. Eighteen first-year university students majoring in English language and cultures participated in the camp. The participants were randomly selected among more than 50 students hoping to participate in this camp. During the camp, they were obliged to communicate only in English with each other as well as the instructors. In this study, the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) and the Perceived English Competence Scale (PECS) were employed in order to examine students' affective factors toward communicating in English. The FLCAS is a self-report measure of language learners' feelings of anxiety, consisting of 33 statements, which are reflective of language learners' anxiety in the foreign language classroom. The PECS, consisting of 12 items, measures the affective components of language learning. They were asked to complete a background questionnaire, the FLCAS, and the PECS before and after taking part in the camp. They were also asked open-ended questions before and after the camp for exploring factors which the scales might not reveal. The results indicate that participating in an English camp, even just for five days, had an influence on decreasing some students' anxiety factors and increasing their perception of English communicative competence. The findings can be considered to show that learners' English proficiency level has a relatively influence on the way of dealing with English communication. The significance of running English camps is also discussed from the perspective of the governmental policy of English education in Japan.
Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics. Cheongji National University of Education. Main Bldg #506, 2065 Cheongnam-ro, Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do 28690, Korea. e-mail: paaljournal@gmail.com; Web site: http://paal.kr/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale