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Language Anxiety and the Self-Directed Learner

Anxiety during language learning has been extensively researched, and numerous elements have been identified as potential causes. It has been established that anxiety in a foreign language classroom, whether physical or virtual; is distinct from other types of anxiety and that it negatively affects both proficiency and rate of language acquisition. Anxiety in learning a foreign language can stem from a variety of factors; some of them include the student, the teacher, the instructional approach, or the methodology. Low self-esteem, false assumptions about language learning, unfavourable encounters with the foreign language or culture, or the overall experience of language learning can all be sources of anxiety.

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