Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2020

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


English, Linguistics, and Communication

Department Chair or Program Director

Richards, Gary

First Advisor

Lee, Janie

Major or Concentration



In my independent study (LING 491) and under the supervision of Dr. Lee, I wrote a literature review entitled “The Effects of Language Anxiety on Second Language Learners: A Literature Review.” Language anxiety, a feeling of panic stress that uniquely occurs in the context of the second language acquisition process, affects almost every second language learner, especially those in a classroom setting. Although there is a large variety of target languages and language learning contexts among the studies on this topic, evidence of the effects of language anxiety and the affective filter are consistently present. Effectively every aspect of language acquisition is irrefutably affected by these factors. One of these factors, the aforementioned affective filter, even prevents language acquisition from occurring while a second language learner is experiencing language anxiety. These studies provide crucial instructions for efficient pedagogical solutions for second language teachers.

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