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A Study of Business English (ESP) Learning Anxiety from the Perspective of Ecology

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DOI: 10.4236/ojml.2016.63019    1,965 Downloads   2,544 Views Citations


Business English (BE) language characteristics and many classroom teaching factors contribute to the anxiety of BE learning. The ecology can be put in use into BE teaching to make the ecological classroom. This research is taken to show relations between the ecological classroom teaching of BE (BEECT) and BE learning anxiety (BELA). The findings are as followed: 1) BEECT is in good order and students’ BELA is to the intermediate degree; 2) BELA has the generally negative correlation to students’ general English proficiency; 3) BEECT has the higher negative correlation to BELA, and they are significantly linearly dependent; 4) as to BELA, significant statistical differences exist between high score group and low score group in the classroom learning efficiency, the teacher-student affective intercommunication, and student-student intercommunication. In order to lower BELA, BE teachers are suggested cultivating learners’ academic English proficiency, strengthening learners’ ambiguity tolerance, and using ecologically multimodal discourses.

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Chen, Z. and Huang, M. (2016) A Study of Business English (ESP) Learning Anxiety from the Perspective of Ecology. Open Journal of Modern Linguistics, 6, 182-196. doi: 10.4236/ojml.2016.63019.

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