Foreign Language Enjoyment and Anxiety among The Northern Borders University EFL Students: Links to Gender and Majors

Author: Saud Alenezi

Keywords: Anxiety, academic anxiety, enjoyment of learning English as a foreign language

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This study aims to investigate the differences between the level of academic anxiety (LAA) and the enjoyment of learning English as a foreign language (ELEFL) among the students of Northern Borders University. The data was collected using a survey questionnaire based on 5-likert scales administered to 163(93, male and 70, female) respondents. The analysis was carried out using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 25 to determine the independent t-test between the scores of the variables. The statistical analyses revealed that there were no statistically significant differences in the level of academic anxiety and the enjoyment of learning English as a foreign language due to the gender variable. However, there were significant differences in the level of academic anxiety for humanity colleges due to college variables. On the other hand, there was a significant difference in the level of enjoyment of the foreign language for scientific colleges due to the college variable. In addition to that, the results of this study revealed that there was a negative relationship between academic anxiety and the enjoyment of learning English as a foreign language. Finally, the results suggested that there were other reasons for academic anxiety and level of enjoyment of learning English as a foreign language, which included among others, poor background, lack of interest,
and methods of learning English.