Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges April 2021                                209-221
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/covid.16

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The Effects of COVID-19 on EFL Learners’ Anxiety at the University of Bisha

Ghazwan Mohammed Saeed Mohammed
Department of English, College of Sciences and Arts (Alnamas)
University of Bisha, Saudi Arabia
Corresponding Author: gmsaeed@ub.edu.sa

Badri Abdulhakim DM Mudhsh
Department of Linguistics, Aligarh Muslim University
Aligarh, India

 

Recived:  1/15/2021                   Accepted:  3/8/2021                     Published: 4/26/2021

 

Abstract:
This study investigates the effects of COVID-19 on English as a foreign language (EFL) learners’ anxiety at the University of Bisha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The differences between male and female learners and learners of the different study levels in terms of anxiety caused by COVID-19 were investigated. Moreover, the study sheds light on two factors which are the internal factors and external factors that increase learning anxiety during COVID-19 and the strategies used by the learners to decrease the negative effects of COVID-19 on learning anxiety. The data of the study were collected from 80 EFL learners (40 males and 40 females) at the University of Bisha. This study is considerable as it deals with something that is important in the learning and teaching processes these days. The study revealed that COVID-19  causes normal anxiety to the EFL learners at the University of Bisha. It was also revealed that there is no significant difference between the male and female learners in terms of anxiety caused by COVID-19 and external factors. There is a significant difference between them in terms of the internal factors and strategies used by the learners to decrease the negative effects of learning anxiety during COVID-19. Lastly, there was no significant difference between the learners of the different study levels in terms of anxiety, internal factors and external factors that increase negative learning anxiety and the strategies used by the learners to decrease the negative learning anxiety during COVID-19.
Keywords: Covid-19, EFL learners, learning anxiety, University of Bisha

Cite as: Mohammed, G.M.S., & Mudhsh, B.A.D. (2021). The Effects of COVID-19 on EFL Learners’ Anxiety at the University of Bisha .
Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges (1) 209-221.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/covid.16

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Dr. Ghazwan Mohammed Saeed Mohammed obtained his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Aligarh Muslim University. He is currently an assistant professor of Applied Linguistics at the Department of English, College of Sciences and Arts, Alnamas, University of Bisha, KSA and a permanent faculty member of the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Thamar University, Yemen. His research interests include Applied Linguistics, Syntax, Grammar, Error Analysis, ESL learning and teaching, Translation. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8853-9013

Dr. Badri Abdulhakim DM Mudhsh holds a PhD in Linguistics from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), India. He has taught various courses of linguistics for undergraduate and postgraduate students at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Previously, he has taught various courses of linguistics at Sana’a University and Queen Arwa University, Yemen. His research interests include Morpho-syntax and Applied Linguistics mainly on language teaching, learning and comprehension. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4945-8621