Investigating Causes and Effects of Writing Anxiety on Students’ Writing Performance during Examination The Case of First Year students in the Department of English at MouloudMammeri University of TiziOuzou
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This dissertation is concerned with the study of foreign language writing anxiety during examination in the department of English at Mouloud Mammeri University of Tizi Ouzou. It aims at accomplishing two main objectives. The first aim is to explain the fundamental causes and effects of foreign language writing anxiety among first year students in the department of English at MMUTO. The second aim is to explore effective solutions that can help both teachers and students to downgrade and diminish students’ writing anxiety during the exams. To realize the mentioned objectives, the study relies on both Horwitz et al’s (1986) and Cheng’s (2004) theories. The research relies on two main data gathering tools, which are the questionnaire and the interview, that are based on the mixed method approach. The former is addressed to fifty first year students in the department of English at MMUTO. The latter is conducted with five teachers from the same department. The outcomes of the study show that the first year students in the department of English at MMUTO experience foreign language writing anxiety. The latter, which is caused by many factors like lack of preparation and practice affects first year students writing performance in a negative way. So, we suggest some recommendations to reduce the negative effects of this inhibiting phenomenon.
- Département d'Anglais