Exploring the association among working memory, anxiety and Iranian EFL learners' listening comprehension

Ehsan Namaziandost, Mitra Hafezian, Sajad Shafiee
2018 Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education  
This study was intended to investigate the relationship between working memory, anxiety and Iranian EFL learners' listening comprehension. For the purpose of this study, 60 Iranian pre-intermediate EFL learners were selected among 80 students at a private language institute in Hamadan, Iran. They participated in a homogeneity test (Oxford Quick Placement Test) to determine their homogeneity level. At first, two working memory span tests was administered to participants. Moreover, foreign
more » ... e listening anxiety questionnaire and listening comprehension tests were applied as another data gathering instruments. Pearson's Product moment correlation and one-way ANOVA were used to analyze the data. It was revealed that there was a strong, negative relationship between FL listening comprehension and listening anxiety. The study showed that a large number of the students experience high level of anxiety. Consequently, they were poor in their listening comprehension test implementation. Also, regarding working memory, it was found that working memory is an efficient and paramount prophesier for EFL listening comprehension. Learners with larger working memory capacity more likely have better abilities in listening. In addition, this study provides some pedagogical implications on EFL teaching.
doi:10.1186/s40862-018-0061-3 fatcat:lk2kdcxhjfhppkavlhpuoypxhe