Relationship between Anxiety in Second Language Learning and Motivation Orientation: The Case of Young Filipino Learners

  • Juland Salayo Philippine Normal University - Manila / University of Santo Tomas - Manila
  • Arceli M. Amarles Philippine Normal University – Manila
Keywords: Keywords: language anxiety, motivation, second language learning, young Filipino learners


This present study attempted to investigate the status of language anxiety and motivation orientation of the young Filipino learners of English and how these constructs are related to one another.  To address these research goals, a quantitative approach was employed using Liu and Cheng’s (2014) Factor Loadings for three-Component Solution for the Anxiety and Jin, Jiang, Juan, Zhang, Liang and Xie’s (2013) motivation in language.  Participated by 39 Grade 3 pupils from a premier basic education school in the province of Cavite, these instruments were simplified and translated to their first language (L1) to suit the understanding of the young learners of English.  Results showed that the respondents are highly motivated in learning the second language, but the ‘general anxiety in English class’ is evident on one hand.  These two significant factors showed strong correlation between anxiety and ‘negative evaluation’ and motivation.  On the other hand, there is a significant negative correlation of both ‘anxiety in self-confidence in speaking English’ and ‘general anxiety about English class’ to language motivation.  Among the components of motivation, only ‘learning situations’ is considered to be a predictor of students’ assessed anxiety.  Findings suggest that motivation needs to be sustained in order to build positive second language learning; otherwise, anxiety may threaten the dynamics of learning processes which impedes their learning in English as a second language.




Author Biographies

Juland Salayo, Philippine Normal University - Manila / University of Santo Tomas - Manila

Juland Dayo Salayo teaches English and Research at the University of Santo Tomas – Manila.  He is currently writing his dissertation for his Doctor of Philosophy in English Education degree at the Philippine Normal University – Manila.  His research interests include Critical Pedagogy, Sociolinguistics, Stylistics Analysis, Second Language Acquisition and Discourse Analysis.

Arceli M. Amarles, Philippine Normal University – Manila

Dr. Arceli M. Amarles is a graduate faculty handling applied linguistics and English language education specialization courses at the College of Graduate Studies and Teacher Education (CGSTER) of the Philippine Normal University (PNU), Manila – The National Center for Teacher Education (NCTE).  She earned her PhD in Applied Linguistics at De La Salle University, Manila.  She was the Director of Membership and Secretary of the Linguistic Society of the Philippines (LSP).  Moreover, she serves as Adviser of the PNU Applied Linguistics and English Language Education Society (PALELES), a program-based graduate student organization for graduate students specializing in Applied Linguistics, and English Language Education at PNU.  Her research interests focus on Academic Writing, Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics, World Englishes and Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE).

How to Cite
Salayo, J., & Amarles, A. M. (2020). Relationship between Anxiety in Second Language Learning and Motivation Orientation: The Case of Young Filipino Learners. International Journal of Language and Literary Studies, 2(2), 191-209.