FL Pronunciation Anxiety and Motivation: Results of a Mixed-Method Study

  • Małgorzata Baran-ŁucarzEmail author
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The chapter reports on a mixed-method study, conducted among 78 English majors, examining the relationship between a language-skill-specific type of anxiety—pronunciation anxiety (PA)—and motivation. Pronunciation anxiety is presented as a multifaceted construct referring to the feeling of apprehension and worry deriving from negative self-perceptions, and beliefs and the fears related specifically to pronunciation (Baran-Łucarz, 2014). When motivation is concerned, it has been conceptualized on the basis of the L2 Motivational Self System Model (Dörnyei, 2005), as the desire to reach highest communication proficiency levels and/or nativelike target language accent, represented by the ideal L2 self and ought-to L2 self. The quantitative data (results of correlation analyses and t-tests) supported by information gathered via semi-structured interviews have suggested motivation to reach a nativelike accent and become highly proficient in speaking to be negatively linked with moderate strength to PA, particularly to subcomponents of PA such as self-image, self-efficacy/self-assessment and beliefs about the sound of the TL and its importance for communication. The statistically significant correlation was found only in the case of the ideal L2 self. The ought-to L2 self revealed no link to PA.


Pronunciation anxiety Pronunciation self-perceptions Beliefs Ideal L2 self Ought-to L2 self Nativelike accent Communicative proficiency 



I wish to express gratitude to the Reviewers of this chapter and its earlier versions for all their valuable suggestions and constructive feedback. I am also indebted to the participants of the study, in particular to those involved in the qualitative part of the project, for their time and cooperation. It is thanks to them that looking deeper into the matter of connection between motivation and pronunciation anxiety was possible.


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  1. 1.University of WrocławWrocławPoland

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