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Prof. Jean-Marc Dewaele

Keynote Topic

How learner and teacher emotions in the Foreign language class fuel performance and progress (Language of Keynote: English)

Prof. Jean-Marc Dewaele


I will talk about an emerging area of research in the field of foreign language learning, which was triggered by the introduction of Positive Psychology (Dewaele et al., 2019).

It has focused on the role of emotions in foreign language learning and their effect on performance, beyond the traditional focus on foreign language anxiety and includes new concepts such as foreign language enjoyment and flow (Botes et al., 2022; Dewaele & MacIntyre, 2014, 2022).

Recent studies showed that teacher emotions and behaviour in the FL class shape learners’ enjoyment, anxiety and motivation (Dewaele, Saito & Halimi, 2022a, b). 

Botes, E., Dewaele, J.-M. & Greiff, S. (2022). Taking stock: A meta-analysis of the effects of Foreign Language Enjoyment. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching 12(2), 205-232.  

Dewaele, J.-M., Chen, X., Padilla, A.M. & Lake, J. (2019). The flowering of positive psychology in foreign language teaching and acquisition research. Frontiers in Psychology. Language Sciences, 10, 2128.  

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 Teaching, 4, 237-274. 

Dewaele, J.-M., & MacIntyre, P. D. (2022). “You can't start a fire without a spark”. Enjoyment and the Emergence of Flow in Foreign Language Classrooms. Applied Linguistics Review doi.org/10.1515/applirev-2021-0123 

Dewaele, J.-M., Saito, K. & Halimi, F. (2022a). How teacher behaviour shapes Foreign Language learners’ Enjoyment, Anxiety and Motivation: A mixed modelling longitudinal investigation. Language Teaching Research doi.org/10.1177/13621688221089601 

Dewaele, J.-M., Saito, K. & Halimi, F. (2022b). How Foreign Language Enjoyment acts as a buoy for sagging motivation: A longitudinal investigation. Applied Linguistics doi.org/10.1093/applin/amac033 


Jean-Marc Dewaele is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism. He has published widely on individual differences in classroom emotions.

He is former president of the International Association of Multilingualism and the European Second Language Association, and current president of the International Association for the Psychology of Language Learning.

He is General Editor of Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. He won the Equality and Diversity Research Award from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013), the Robert Gardner Award for Excellence in Second Language and Bilingualism Research (2016) from the International Association of Language and Social Psychology and the EUROSLA Distinguished Scholar Award (2022). 


Jean-Marc Dewaele

Birkbeck, University of London


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