Foreign Language Anxiety and Communicative Performance A Structural Equation Modelling

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Atta M. Hamamorad


The current study investigates foreign language anxiety among Kurdish EFL students and its consequences on their communicative performance. An investigative quantitative approach was used to conduct this study. A Total number of two hundred (200) EFL learners with different language proficiency levels from three different universities; University of Halabja and Sulaimani university in Iraqi Kurdistan Region, and University of Kurdistan in Iran, were selected to participate in this study. For the purpose of obtaining necessary information and data, a face-to-face assessment, in small groups of 4 was conducted during students’ class time in which their communicative performance based on accuracy, fluency, vocabulary, and pronunciation was evaluated and recorded. Additionally, Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) questionnaire was adapted and the target population were requested to respond to the statements presented in the questionnaire. The findings of the research taken from a structural equation modelling (SEM) indicated that all components of Communicative Performance were in a negative and significant correlation with anxiety.


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Hamamorad, A. M. (2020) “Foreign Language Anxiety and Communicative Performance: A Structural Equation Modelling”, Koya University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 3(1), pp. 199-207. doi: 10.14500/kujhss.v3n1y2020.pp199-207.
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Atta M. Hamamorad, Department of English Language, College of Basic Education, University of Halabja, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

He is currently a lecturer and the Head of English Department in College of Basic Education at the University of Halabja. He obtained his B.A. degree in English language and Literature from Koya university in 2008. He was then awarded Master’s degree in Education and TESOL by the University of Exeter / UK in 2013. His research interests focus on English language and pedagogy, linguistics, language testing, and comparative language studies.


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