Reducing English Communication Apprehension in the English as a Foreign Language Classroom


This paper explores the adaptation of relaxation conditioning techniques to the learning English as a Foreign Language context.  After a brief general orientation to trigger response conditioning for deep relaxation and the use of psychological anchors in language learning, the paper will be structured around presenting and demonstrating techniques that can be readily adapted to the language classroom.  Specifically, the methods discussed and demonstrated include the following:  simple relaxation, guided imagery, relaxation for communication apprehension relief, deep relaxation trigger response conditioning (DRTRC), and interactive language processes.  In particular, the paper explores how creating deep relaxation trigger responses through conditioning and guided imagery can reduce English Communication Apprehension.  Students who participate in DRTRC sessions are more likely to have less apprehension about learning and using English than those who do not.


Keywords7: Communication Apprehension, Trancework, English as a Foreign Language, Guided Imagery, DRTRC, Trigger Response Conditioning, Relaxation.

Brian David Phillips