The Relationship between Stress Factors and the Amount of Learning among Language Learners at Islamic Azad University, Ahar Branch

Document Type: Research Paper

Authors

1 Department of Language and Linguistics, Ahar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahar, Iran

2 Administrative member of the Research vice, Ahar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahar, Iran

Abstract

Stress is considered as an inseparable part of life. Although it is sometimes useful and positive, if there is overstress, there would be some disturbances created in human life as the negative aspect of stress. In this research the different dimensions of stress regarding family, environmental, and personal stress and their effects on the amount of learning English among students at Islamic Azad University, Ahar Branch have been investigated. The statistical population of the present research includes students majoring in different courses at Islamic Azad University, Ahar Branch who have selected to pass the courses entitled: ‘General English’ or ‘Prerequisite to General English’. In the present study we have used a random sampling method. To determine the participants of the study, a questionnaire was distributed among them. Then, based on Cochran's formula our sample was calculated. Results showed that all stress factors (personal, environmental, family) affected the performance of the students in English learning, and they should be regarded as important factors in devising new materials to be presented to General English classes.

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