Faculty Publications

Title

Nonverbal cues: Clues to the detection of foreign language anxiety

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Body language, Facial expression, Foreign language anxiety, Gesture, Nonverbal behavior

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Foreign Language Annals

Volume

38

Issue

3

First Page

388

Last Page

400

Abstract

This observation study examined the nonverbal behavior of anxious and nonanxious foreign language learners during a videotaped oral foreign language exam. Focusing primarily on the kinesic signals found in facial expressions, gazing behavior, body movement and gesture, and posture, it was discovered that anxious learners manifested limited facial activity including brow behavior and smiling; maintained less eye contact with the teacher; were more rigid and closed with their posture; and, although they self-touched and manipulated objects more than the nonanxious, they used fewer illustrative and regulatory gestures. Although significant differences were found, limitations for using nonverbal observation for detecting, anxiety are discussed.

Original Publication Date

9-1-2005

DOI of published version

10.1111/j.1944-9720.2005.tb02225.x

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