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    Enjoyment and anxiety in second language communication: an idiodynamic approach

    Boudreau, C. and MacIntyre, P. and Dewaele, Jean-Marc (2018) Enjoyment and anxiety in second language communication: an idiodynamic approach. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching 8 (1), pp. 149-170. ISSN 2083-5205.

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    Emotions are a fleeting experience, sometimes lasting only moments before dissipating. Prior research in SLA has either ignored emotions, underestimated their relevance, or has studied them as a relatively stable individual difference variable. In contrast, the present study takes an idiodynamic approach to examine the rapidly changing relationship between enjoyment and anxiety in second language communication, on a moment-to-moment timescale. University students who speak French as a second language were recruited to complete oral tasks in their second language. Participants then rated their per-second fluctuations in each emotion while watching a video recording of their tasks. Immediately after this, they were interviewed about their attributions for fluctuations in their ratings. We found that the relationship between enjoyment and anxiety is highly dynamic, resulting in varying patterns of correlation ranging from negative to positive. Triangulation of ratings of anxiety and enjoyment with interview data produces a richer understanding of the role of emotions in second language communication.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): emotions, anxiety, idiodynamic, second language communication, dynamics
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2018 19:44
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:45


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