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日本語専攻生の日本語学習過程に於ける自己効 力感及び学習不安感を測る尺度開発への一試み
Development of Self Efficacy and Foreign Language Anxiety Scale for Japanese Language Learners in Turkey

Author(s): Tolga Özşen, Nuri Bilgin İrim
Subject(s): Language studies, Foreign languages learning, Psychology, Methodology and research technology
Published by: Transnational Press London
Keywords: Foreign Language Learning; Japanese Language; Anxiety Scale; Self-Efficacy Scale;
Summary/Abstract: A part of recent debates on foreign language learning has been focusing on learners` anxiety and self-efficacy states during their learning process. As it is obvious from the previous studies, discussions on foreign language anxiety and self-efficacy have been mostly centered round English and French languages as foreign language. As for Japanese as a foreign language, there are several previous debates on those anxiety and self-efficacy topics which are mostly discussed as a matter of Japanese language teaching outside of Japan. Regarding this, Motoda emphasizes that there is a significant difference between learning the target language in the native-speaking environment and non-native speaking environment (元田, 2000). Needless to say, in order to comprehend what kind of issues Japanese learners face in terms of anxiety and self-efficacy, a solid, valid and reliable base is essentially necessary. Moreover, it will not be wrong to state that there is no such kind of evaluation scale for Japanese learners in Turkey. Therefore, this paper is going to attempt to develop statistically valid and reliable scales to measure anxiety state and self-efficacy perceptions of Turkish students learning Japanese language. As for the results of scale development process, the followings can be briefly said. After pre-tests on scale development each scale was finally conducted with 108 students of Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Japanese Language Education Department. Exploratory factor analysis was applied to construct the validity of the scales. The final version of Japanese as a Foreign Language Anxiety Scale (JFLAS) includes 11 items and these items consist of three factors which are Formal Communication, Informal Communication and Vocabulary-Reading. The reliability of the scale is α=.86. Also, the final version of Japanese as a Foreign Language Self-Efficacy Scale (JFL/SES) includes 11 items and these items consist of four factors which are Reading-Listening, Speaking, The Power of Expression of Japanese and Cultural Understanding. The reliability of the scale is α=.78.

  • Page Range: 57-70
  • Page Count: 14
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Japanese