Anxiety and Self-efficacy in Foreign Language Writing: The Case in Turkey
This study investigates two affective factors, anxiety and self-efficacy, in foreign language writing in an EFL context. The participants included 240 students from eight universities in Turkey. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods were utilized to examine the anxiety and self efficacy levels of participants. According to the findings, participants demonstrated a moderate level of foreign language writing anxiety and self-efficacy. Besides, these two phenomena were found to be negatively correlated in a moderate level. The qualitative data revealed that lack of vocabulary knowledge, inability to generate and organize ideas, fear of negative evaluation and topic unfamiliarity were the major sources of foreign language writing anxiety. It was also found that linguistic knowledge, writing competence and teachers are the determining factors on foreign language writing self-efficacy level of students.
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