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„Sprecht Deutsch, bitte!“: Die Fremdsprachenverwendung unter schwedischen SchülerInnen in Bezug auf ihre Fremdsprachenverwendungsangst und Fremdsprachenverwendungsfertigkeiten
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2017 (German)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"Sprecht Deutsch, bitte!" : Foreign language use among Swedish upper secondary school students with regard to their foreign language speaking anxiety and foreign language speaking skills (English)
Abstract [en]

Previous studies that have utilized the Foreign Language Speaking Anxiety Scale (FLSAS) have performed their studies with the assumption that Foreign Language Speaking Anxiety is negatively correlated with oral skills, i.e. as anxiety increases, speaking skills decrease. In order to confirm this assumption, this study included a survey, the purpose of which is to measure three factors, in order to verify the possibility of other factors playing possibly bigger roles, among upper secondary school students in Sweden: the frequency of language use, their anxiety levels, and foreign language speaking skills. In order to be able to discuss the data thoroughly, this study includes theories regarding motivation, Self-Determination Theory, and Willingness to Communicate (WTC). The data showed that as the anxiety of the students increased, their language speaking skills decreased, i.e. a negative correlation was discovered. However, their frequency of foreign language use remained virtually the same, regardless of their anxiety levels, i.e. no strong correlation was discovered here. Lastly, the language skills of the students showed a weak positive correlation with their language use, i.e. the more they spoke, the higher their oral skills were. Therefore, the results of this study confirm previous studies claiming that foreign language speaking competence has a strong negative correlation with foreign language speaking anxiety.

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2017. , p. 57
Keywords [en]
Foreign Language Speaking Anxiety (FLSA); Foreign Language Speaking Anxiety Scale (FLSAS); Self-Determination Theory (SDT); Willingness to Communicate (WTC).
Keywords [de]
Fremdsprachenverwendung (FSV); Fremdsprachenverwendungsangst (FSVA); Fremdsprachenverwendungsfertigkeiten (FSVF); mündliche Produktion; mündliche Interaktion.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-74384OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-74384DiVA, id: diva2:1206638
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German
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Teacher Education Programme for Upper Secondary School, 300/330 credits
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Available from: 2018-05-18 Created: 2018-05-17 Last updated: 2018-05-18Bibliographically approved

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