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    Predicting the emotional labor strategies of Chinese English foreign language teachers

    Dewaele, Jean-Marc and Wu, Aihui (2021) Predicting the emotional labor strategies of Chinese English foreign language teachers. System 103 (102660), ISSN 0346-251X.

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    Abstract

    Teachers routinely make a conscious effort to manage their emotions in front of students. The present study focused on emotional labor strategies from 594 Chinese English Foreign Language (EFL) teachers, seeking to discover which ones are preferred, how they are related to each other and how they are linked to teachers’ sociobiographical, institutional, attitudinal, linguistic and psychological characteristics. Statistical analyses revealed that the strategy Expression of naturally felt emotions was preferred to Surface acting and that both dimensions were moderately negatively correlated. Correlation analyses revealed that sociobiographical variables were unrelated to both dependent variables. Multiple regression analyses revealed that the strongest predictors of Expression of naturally felt emotions were attitudes towards students, Emotionality (a factor of Trait Emotional Intelligence) and two institutional variables. Sociability (another factor of Trait Emotional Intelligence) was the only predictor of Surface acting. The findings are linked to previous research and some pedagogical implications are presented.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Emotional labor, Expression of naturally felt emotions, Surface acting, EFL Teachers, Trait Emotional Intelligence
    School: School of Arts > Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics (from 2021)
    Depositing User: Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2022 09:48
    Last Modified: 19 Jan 2022 06:59
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/46582

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