Date of Award

Fall 2022

Document Type



College of Natural and Health Sciences

Primary Advisor

Dr. Amy Bratten


This study yielded data surrounding the relationship between knowing a native speaker and foreign language acquisition, alongside the factors of foreign language enjoyment and foreign language anxiety. Through a survey conducted with 46 language learners from a variety of backgrounds who were contacted through social media, the research questions guiding the study were answered with implications for all language learners both inside and outside the classroom. Through statistical analysis, data proved that knowing a native speaker of the target language is a significant predictor of language learners having a higher perception of proficiency. A higher perception of proficiency is also a significant predictor of lower perceptions of anxiety and nervousness. Results indicate a need for further study of foreign language acquisition and relationships between language learners and native speakers alongside learner emotions.