Research Journal of Applied Sciences 7 (8): 413-420, 2012
ISSN: 1815-932X
© Medwell Journals, 2012

English Language Learning Anxiety among Iranian EFL Freshman University Learners

Hamidah Yamat and Farinaz Shirani Bidabadi
Faculty of Education, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to identify university freshmen’s anxiety in foreign languageclassrooms and offer some strategies to decrease their anxiety. It explored how students felt towards learninghow to listen, speak, read and write in English. Another aim was to find out whether there was a significantdifference between males and females’ level of anxiety. A group of 26 males and 37 female Iranian freshmen were
randomly selected from which 2 males and 2 females were then selected for the open-ended structuredquestions. The data were collected through a Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety (FLCA) and open-endedstructured questionnaires. The descriptive analysis indicated that these freshmen experienced the anxiety ofbeing evaluated negatively in English classrooms. The findings also demonstrated that there was nostatistically significant difference between the mean scores of male and female learners’ foreign languagelearning anxiety. The open-ended structured questionnaire findings demonstrated that the participants feltanxious and nervous while learning the language skills of English. This study implies a non-threatening
environment significant to enhance language learning.

Key words: Learning, anxiety, EFL learners, freshmen learners, English language, Malaysia