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IJLLL 2024 Vol.10(1): 55-61
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2024.10.1.484

Foreign Language Anxiety in Sociocultural Context: Stories of Four University EFL Learners in China

Ruiqi Peng* and Fei Liu
School of Foreign Studies, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
Email: prq18840625390@163.com (R.P.)
*Corresponding author

Manuscript received September 30, 2023; revised October 11, 2023; accepted December 28, 2023; published January 26, 2024

Abstract—Drawing on sociocultural theory, this study explored the foreign language anxiety of four English as a Foreign Language (EFL) university students in China and how their anxiety emerges in the sociocultural context that they live in. Ethnographic data were collected online in three ways, namely, observations, a written task and semi-structured interviews. The study found that all four participants reported that they experienced anxiety during their English learning and a distinction was identified in the intensity of their emotions, which was considered closely related to their different sociocultural contexts. The study emphasized the impact of the sociocultural context on the emotions of EFL learners and their language learning process.

Keywords—China, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), foreign language anxiety, sociocultural context

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Cite:Ruiqi Peng and Fei Liu, "Foreign Language Anxiety in Sociocultural Context: Stories of Four University EFL Learners in China," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 55-61, 2024.

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