UNA FORMA DE REDUCIR LA ANSIEDAD EN LOS EXÁMENES ORALES DE INGLÉS COMO LENGUA EXTRANJERA: TÉCNICA DE REEVALUACIÓN POSITIVA
Palabras clave:ansiedad, examen oral, idioma extranjero, reducción de ansiedad, evaluación
This paper deals with a research project, which aims to analyze the application of a technique in order to reduce anxiety in foreign language oral exams. After considering reasons for the existence of exam anxiety and some options for anxiety reduction, the technique of positive reevaluation is described and presented as a possible alternative. An empirical study carried out with secondary-school students showed reduction of anxiety when using this technique.The study attempts to verify the hypothesis that anxiety levels drop when candidates, who perceive the oral exam negatively, reevaluate their own performance at the start of the exam and succeed in perceiving it positively. To facilitate this, examiners model their discourse at the very beginning of the oral exam, providing candidates with comprehensible input and the opportunity to reduce their anxiety.