Tesis profesional presentada por Isabel Fernández Martínez [isabel.fernandezmz@udlap.mx]

Miembro del Programa de Honores. Licenciatura en Idiomas. Departamento de Lenguas. Escuela de Artes y Humanidades, Universidad de las Américas Puebla.

Jurado Calificador

Presidente: Dra. Connie Rae Johnson McDaniel
Secretario y Director: Dra. Brita Banitz
Vocal: Dra. Myrna Elizabeth Iglesias Barrón

Cholula, Puebla, México a 11 de mayo de 2016.


The purpose of this study is to find out whether there is a correlation between foreign language anxiety and oral test scores and if there is, how strong the correlation is. It also aims to examine the effect that the different levels of anxiety have on students´ test scores and how students feel during the exam. Sixteen nursing students participated in the study. They were given an oral exam that consisted of three role-play scenarios. Results suggest that foreign language anxiety does affect oral performance. Students with lower levels of anxiety received higher scores on the oral exam whereas the highly anxious students received the lowest test scores. Most students reported feeling nervous while taking the oral exam.

Palabras clave: foreign language anxiety, testing, oral performance, fla.

Table of content

Portada (archivo pdf, 78 kb)

Agradecimientos (archivo pdf, 52 kb)

Índices (archivo pdf, 42 kb)

Capítulo 1. Introduction (archivo pdf, 82 kb)

  • 1.1 Background
  • 1.2 Problem
  • 1.3 Justification
  • 1.4 Hypothesis and research questions
  • 1.5 Structure of the thesis

Capítulo 2. Literature Review (archivo pdf, 129 kb)

  • 2.1 Anxiety
  • 2.2 Testing
  • 2.3 Foreign language anxiety and testing

Capítulo 3. Methodology (archivo pdf, 123 kb)

  • 3.1 Setting
  • 3.2 Participants
  • 3.3 Instruments
  • 3.4 Data collection procedure
  • 3.5 Data analysis

Capítulo 4. Results and discussion (archivo pdf, 122 kb)

  • 4.1 Anxiety scores
  • 4.2 Groupings
  • 4.3 Test scores
  • 4.4 Correlations
  • 4.5 Mean test scores
  • 4.6 ANOVA results

Capítulo 5. Conclusions (archivo pdf, 95 kb)

  • 5.1 Answers to the research questions
  • 5.2 Testing options for highly anxious students

Referencias (archivo pdf, 124 kb)

Apéndice A. Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (archivo pdf, 84 kb)

Apéndice B. Oral Exam (archivo pdf, 45 kb)

Apéndice C. Rubric (archivo pdf, 59 kb)

Fernández Martínez, I. 2016. Foreign Language Anxiety in Nursing Students and Their Performance on an Oral Exam. Tesis Licenciatura. Idiomas. Departamento de Lenguas, Escuela de Artes y Humanidades, Universidad de las Américas Puebla. Mayo. Derechos Reservados © 2016.