Date of Award


Degree Type

UG Dissertation (Restricted)



First Advisor

Prof. Roger Berry


Language anxiety is found to be an important affective variable that can affect students' English language learning achievement. English language is an essential second language to learn for students in Hong Kong and anxiety has been observed in English language classes. This project attempts to investigate the pervasiveness and possible sources of English learning anxiety in Lingnan University. Firstly, several important studies about language anxiety and its possible causes and effects were discussed. Then, in order to understand the English learning anxiety among Lingnan students, a questionnaire survey which involved 40 non-English major undergraduates from Hong Kong and mainland China was conducted. The results indicate that the English learning anxiety levels of Lingnan undergraduates are moderate. Their anxieties normally stem from communication apprehension, fear of negative evaluation, and anxiety of English classes. The analysis also revealed that male students seem more anxious than female students; Hong Kong students are unexpectedly more anxious than mainland China students. Tentative explanation for the results and recommendations were discussed.

Recommended Citation

Cheng, B. M. (2013). English learning anxiety In Lingnan University: An investigation of the pervasiveness and sources of anxiety in English learning (UG dissertation, Lingnan University, Hong Kong). Retrieved from