Examining the relationship between : English as a second language on self-esteem; self-efficacy; confidence; stress and anxiety

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Milivojevic, Vukas
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The study conducted is to show the relationship of language speaking and its effects on self-esteem, self-efficacy, anxiety, confidence and stress within secondary language speakers. The achievement of the study was done through the use and fulfilment of numerous questionnaires on a total of 130 participants. Participants ranged from beginners in the use of the English language to intermediate and advanced English level users, with a control group of 34 native English speakers. The findings show that there are significant differences on the outcomes between groups and their use of the English language where beginners show the least self-esteem, confidence, and self-efficacy and more anxiety while the advanced users show the most self-esteem, confidence and self-efficacy and least anxiety with their use and abilities in comprehending and speaking the English language, but there was no difference in stress levels between groups. This study shows that there is a direct correlation between the abilities of a language and its social implications on its use as a secondary language. Author keywords: English, second language, self-esteem, self-efficacy, anxiety, confidence, stress