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dc.contributor.authorMartinelli, Victor-
dc.contributor.authorSaliba, Alexia-
dc.identifier.citationMartinelli, V., & Saliba, A. (2021). Foreign language classroom anxiety levels of dyslexic and average readers : a comparative study. Malta Review of Educational Research, 15(2), 221-240.en_GB
dc.description.abstractMental health covers a wide range of psychological health conditions. This hides the true extent of the severity of the emotional challenges that children and adolescents encounter early in their lives. Students with dyslexia too can experience these emotional difficulties. This study involves the administration of an anxiety scale to Form 4 and Form 5 students with dyslexia and average readers. In total, 314 respondents with and without learning difficulties attending state and church schools took part. The principal aim of this study was to explore the anxiety levels of students with dyslexia in comparison to average readers in foreign language classes. The secondary aim was to consider gender differences and school type in relation to participants’ reported levels of anxiety when attending such classes. The authors employed a quantitative method and utilised the ‘Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale’ questionnaire developed by Horwitz et al. (1986) to gather data. The research analysis found significant results when the variables mentioned above were taken into consideration. This study adds to the existing body of knowledge about the vulnerability of students with learning difficulties. It also discusses the validity of the measure used, albeit in a context that it was not intended to be used in.en_GB
dc.publisherUniversity of Malta. Faculty of Educationen_GB
dc.subjectLanguage acquisition -- Psychological aspectsen_GB
dc.subjectLanguage and languages -- Study and teaching -- Psychological aspectsen_GB
dc.subjectDyslexic children -- Education (Secondary)en_GB
dc.subjectAnxiety in childrenen_GB
dc.subjectStudents with social disabilitiesen_GB
dc.titleForeign language classroom anxiety levels of dyslexic and average readers : a comparative studyen_GB
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dc.publication.titleMalta Review of Educational Researchen_GB
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