Is younger really better? Anxiety about learning a foreign language in Turkish children
Esim Gürsoy (Uludağ University) and Feride Akın (Göynükbelen Primary School, Turkey), 2013, 41(5), 827–842
It’s widely purported that language learning is easier when begun at a younger age, particularly while children are still progressing through the early critical phases of mental development. However, it is not as clear at what point anxiety about learning a new language starts to occur. In this study, Gürsoy and Akın focused on adolescents aged between 10 and 14 years, and used both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the relationship between age and foreign language learning anxiety. The younger children exhibited lower levels of anxiety about learning English, and the authors suggested that this may be because older children have more inhibitions and affective filters, which cause them to be less open to learning.
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