EFL learners' anxieties: Tertiary-level strategies among Omanis

Asfia Khan*, Rahma Al-Mahrooqi

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Foreign language acquisition is a complex process that usually involves varying degrees of anxiety among learners. Numerous studies have suggested that Omani EFL learners, at both secondary and tertiary levels, experience a high degree of anxiety (Al Zadjali, 2008; Khan & Al-Mahrooqi, in press). While researchers have long explored ways to alleviate this, they have largely overlooked what students themselves do to tackle the problem. Hence, this study reports on the frequency of use of four kinds of strategies identified by Kondo and Ying-Ling (2004) and Al Zadjali (2008). These are: Preparation Strategies, Positive Thinking Strategies, Assistance Seeking Strategies, and Media and Technology Strategies. The paper also takes account of related gender and language proficiency influences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBridging the Gap between Education and Employment
Subtitle of host publicationEnglish Language Instruction in EFL Contexts
PublisherPeter Lang AG
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783035108422
ISBN (Print)9783034316811
Publication statusPublished - Dec 18 2015


  • English as a Foreign Language (EFL)
  • foreign language anxiety
  • foreign language learning anxiety alleviating strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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