I first became familiar with the concept of “foreign language anxiety” as I completed research for my dissertation. My dissertation was not based on this, but it was something that certainly intrigued me. I was an unlikely candidate for French study at university level. Whilst I achieved very good in the subject at school, I tried to avoid speaking in class as much as possible. This was quite easy as we had a large number of students in our Leaving Certificate class so time was quite limited for oral work in the classroom.