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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre

CamPAL and Cambridge Linguistics Society are pleased to welcome Dr Jean-Marc Dewaele (Birkbeck, University of London) who will be presenting on 'The crucial role of learner emotions in the Foreign language class'. For further information please contact Linda Bakkouche ( or Tianyi Zheng ( who are organising this event on behalf of CamPAL and Cambridge Linguistics Society.


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, Peace of Mind 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).

About the speaker

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).


  • 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
  • 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
  • Dewaele, J.-M., Saito, K. & Halimi, F. (2022b). How Foreign Language Enjoyment acts as a buoy for sagging motivation: A longitudinal investigation. Applied Linguistics
Friday, 17 February, 2023 - 15:30 to 17:00
Event location: 
Room 5, Lecture Block, Sidgwick Site.  

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