Sunday 8:40-9:30 AM
Validation of a Second Language Writing Apprehension Scale
National Taiwan Normal University
Research on second language writing apprehension has been suffering
various problems, including paucity of studies in the context of foreign
language learning and on the development and validation of a standardized
measurement instrument. In response to these problems, this study examined
the applicability of the Writing Apprehension Test (WAT) developed by J.
A. Daly and M. D. Miller for LI learners in the context of EFL learning.
A total of 428 Taiwanese English majors completed a Chinese language questionnaire
composed of the WAT, Horwitz et al.'s Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety
Scale, and a background questionnaire. The participants' English writing
course grades were also obtained. Results of Cronbach's alpha, correlation
analyses, stepwise multiple regression analyses, and principal components
analyses generally support the reliability, predictive validity, and construct
validity of this second language version of the WAT. The results also suggest
future directions that may be taken in refining the instrument.