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Boosting Students’ Positive Emotions about Language Learning

*NOTICE: Owing to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 outbreak in the UK, this event has been rescheduled for Saturday 12 December 2020. *

This international workshop is aimed at teachers and students at both secondary and tertiary level. It seeks to contribute to our understanding of the crucial role emotions play in the foreign language classroom and to find ways in which interest in language learning can be raised. To this end, the workshop contributions focuses on positive emotions in language learning, the relevance of teacher happiness, students’ and teachers’ views on links between emotions and learning modern languages in the UK as well as mentoring as a way to instill positive emotions about language learning. Crucially, the workshop provides a platform to exchange experiences, learn from each other and explore possibilities to implement research findings in classroom situations, all in dialogue with educators, students and researchers.

The workshop is free but there is limited availability.

If you wish to attend, please sign up here by DATE TBC for catering purposes.


9:30: Registration open & coffee

10:00-10:15: Welcome and Opening of Workshop

10:15-11:15: TALK & WORKSHOP: Liana Pavelescu (South Thames College, UK): Zooming in on positive emotions in foreign language learning and teaching

11:15-11:45: TALK: Sharona Moskowitz (Birkbeck College, UK): Is teacher happiness contagious? A study of the link between perceptions of language teacher happiness and student attitudes

11:45-12:45: Lunch break

12:45-13:45: TALK & WORKSHOP: Pia Resnik (University College of Teacher Education, Vienna/Krems, Austria) & Christine Schallmoser (King’s College London, UK): "It's pretty, pretty much crisis point." Discussing and developing ways to increase students’ interest in MFLs in the UK

13:45-14:45: TALK & WORKSHOP: Lucy Jenkins (University of Cardiff): Mentoring: inspiring our young learners to love languages

14:45-15:00: Closing of Workshop

All welcome!

Please contact the organisers with any questions: pia.resnik@kphvie.ac.at ; christine.schallmoser@kcl.ac.uk