Author: Bünyamin Celik1
1Department of Languages, Faculty of Education, Tshik International University, Erbil, Iraq
Abstract: This study was conducted to draw attention to the issue of foreign language learning anxiety which negatively affects the foreign language learning process. It is based on the relationship between test anxiety and the gender of students which is one of the demographic features. 120 English language preparatory students at A1 level from Tishk International University Preparatory School, Iraq were selected to participate in the study. Also, an examination anxiety questionnaire consisting of 22 items was applied and the data were analyzed statistically. The important finding of the study is that students who learn English as a foreign language in a multicultural and multilingual environment in Erbil in Iraq, a Middle East country, clearly show that there is no significant relationship between gender and test anxiety. The only problem seemed to be insecurity, discomfort and lack of motivation caused by test anxiety.
Keywords: Gender, Foreign Language Anxiety, Exam Anxiety, Exam Stress
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