On the Application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Treating Foreign Language Listening Anxiety

Yiying ZHANG


Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a set of treatments that focus on altering thoughts, sensations, emotions and behaviors by addressing identified maintenance mechanisms such as distorted thinking or avoidance. The aim of this study was to assess whether the use of CBT techniques in reducing foreign language listening anxiety is an acceptable intervention, and provide a description of many of the basic techniques used in CBT. These included: psychoeducation, relaxation exercises, exposure and cognitive restructuring. A feasibility study of a brief CBT intervention following training was conducted. Qualitative analysis was carried out on participant feedback from semi-structured interviews. The current article provided an interdisciplinary way for foreign language teachers to help college students reduce foreign language listening anxiety and improve learning achievements.



Foreign language listening anxiety; Cognitive behavioral therapy; Exposure

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/9880


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