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    Foreign language learning boredom: conceptualization and measurement

    Li, Chengchen and Dewaele, Jean-Marc and Hu, Y. (2023) Foreign language learning boredom: conceptualization and measurement. Applied Linguistics Review 14 (2), pp. 223-249. ISSN 1868-6303.

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    This article reports on an investigation in two steps conducted among Chinese university non-English-major EFL students and English teachers. In Study 1, 22 students and 11 English teachers were interviewed and 659 students responded to an open questionnaire, recalling and describing their experiences or perceptions of boredom in English learning. A qualitative analysis revealed that more than 90% of students reported boredom in FL settings. The data allowed a multidimensional conceptualization of foreign language boredom (FLB), empirically supporting the control-value theory in educational psychology. Study 2 used the new conceptualisation to develop and validate a new scale for FLB. Through surveying 808 students in a pilot study and 2223 in the main study, a 7-factor Foreign Language Boredom Scale with 32 items was identified and validated using exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses as well as further validity and reliability analyses. It is argued that FLB is a crucial addition to the emerging field of FL classroom emotion research.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Foreign Language Boredom (FLB), Foreign Language Boredom Scale (FLBS), control-value theory (CVT), second language acquisition, emotion
    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: 04 Mar 2021 16:23
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:49


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