EFL learners’ views on learner autonomy and foreign language anxiety


  • Ceyhun Yukselir Osmaniye Korkut Ata University, Turkey
  • Omer Ozer Alparslan Turkes Science and Technology University, Turkey



EFL learners' views, foreign language anxiety, learner autonomy, mixed methods research, Turkish context


This mixed-methods research explores the views of EFL learners about learner autonomy and foreign language classroom anxiety. The participants comprised of 126 EFL learners studying at two state universities in Turkey. In addition to the instruments developed by Chan et al. (2002) and by Horwitz et al. (1986), a semi-structured questionnaire was also employed to gain deeper insights of the participants’ understanding of autonomous learning and foreign language anxiety. The findings show that participants believed that they should have the ability to take responsibility for learning on their own. Regarding the question about classroom anxiety, participants accepted the anxiety induced by the fear of speaking, especially in real-life situations in front of people or with native speakers of English. Moreover, the data showed that 13 students felt highly anxious whereas 73 students were moderately anxious in their English classrooms. Thus, the current study has contributed to our understanding about LA and anxiety in terms of foreign language majors’ perceptions in the EFL context, roles and responsibilities, motivation and abilities, inside and outside classroom activities and the reasons which cause FLA.

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Author Biographies

Ceyhun Yukselir, Osmaniye Korkut Ata University, Turkey

Dr. Ceyhun Yukselir is an associate professor of English language teaching at the department of English language and literature, Osmaniye Korkut Ata University, Turkey. His research interests include teacher education, reflective teaching, learner autonomy, technology integration in EFL classes and applied linguistics with ELT focus.

Omer Ozer, Alparslan Turkes Science and Technology University, Turkey

Dr. Omer Ozer is an associate professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Adana Alparslan Turkes Science and Technology University, Turkey. He has published extensively in the areas of multilingual policies in higher education, mobile-assisted language learning and autonomous language learning.


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How to Cite

C. Yukselir and O. Ozer, “EFL learners’ views on learner autonomy and foreign language anxiety”, JELPEDLIC, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 248-263, Jun. 2022.