Jean-Marc Dewaele @ LEL Research Seminar

Posted on February 1, 2018 by

Next Tuesday (Feb 6, 2018) LEL welcomes Jean-Marc Dewaele, Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of London Birkbeck). Dewaele’s research talk will focus on the language of emotion and foreign language acquisition. Here’s the abstract:

In this lecture I will present an overview of the recent surge of interest in the field of emotion and foreign language (FL) acquisition, after many years of neglect (Dörnyei & Ryan, 2015). My main argument is that we should not focus too much on negative emotions but that we should include the positive emotions that propel the FL learners forward. I will present the main findings of a large-scale study on individual differences in learners’ Foreign Language Enjoyment (FLE) and Foreign Language Anxiety (FLA) in the FL classroom (Dewaele & MacIntyre, 2014, 2016). Finally, I will present a number of recent studies showing that levels of FLE and FLCA are linked to personality traits and to a complex interaction of learner-internal variables as well as variables linked to the teacher and teaching practices (Dewaele et al, 2017). I will finally present some pedagogical implications of these findings.
Dewaele, J.-M. & MacIntyre, P. D. (2014). The two faces of Janus? Anxiety and Enjoyment in the Foreign Language Classroom. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 4, 237-274.
Dewaele, J.-M. & MacIntyre, P. D. (2016). Foreign Language Enjoyment and Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety. The right and left feet of FL learning? In P. MacIntyre, T. Gregersen & S. Mercer (eds.) Positive psychology in SLA. Bristol: Multilingual Matters, pp. 215-236.
Dewaele, J.-M., Witney, J., Saito, K. & Dewaele, L. (2017) Foreign language enjoyment and anxiety in the FL classroom: The effect of teacher and learner variables. Language Teaching Research DOI: 10.1177/1362168817692161
Dörnyei, Z. & Ryan, S. (2015). The Psychology of the Language Learner – Revisited. New York: Routledge.

The event details are as follows:

Room Booked: Sam Alex_A101
Date: Tue 6 Feb 2018
Time: 16.15 – 17.30

As usual, the talk will be concluded with a wine reception. We look forward to meeting you there!