Speaker: Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele
Topic: Learners' experience of flow in foreign language classrooms
The concept of flow was introduced by Positive Psychologist Csíkszentmihályi (1990) and refers to a consciousness that is harmoniously ordered where thoughts, actions, and emotions become well-coordinated in performing a challenging task. Despite a growing interest in foreign language learner emotions that started with Dewaele and MacIntyre (2014), the topic of flow is still under-researched in applied linguistic research. Flow matters because it is addictive and has strong motivational qualities (Piniel & Albert, 2019; Dewaele, Saito & Halimi, 2022). This presentation will give an overview of the latest research on foreign language learners’ flow experiences, showing how they increase in frequency and intensity over time and how they are shaped by positive and negative emotions and by teacher intervention (Dewaele & MacIntyre, 2022a; Dewaele & MacIntyre, 2022b). Flow is particularly important in foreign language classes because it helps learners overcome their self-consciousness and anxiety.