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    Positive psychology can combat the pernicious native speaker ideology

    Dewaele, Jean-Marc and Saito, Kazuya (2022) Positive psychology can combat the pernicious native speaker ideology. The European Educational Researcher 5 (2), pp. 225-234. ISSN 2517-6323.

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    Abstract

    The world of applied linguistics and the profession of foreign language teaching needs to finally sweep away the notion of “Native Speaker” (NS) and the deficit perspective surrounding foreign language learners. We argue that Positive Psychology is a source of inspiration for a new and more positive perspective on foreign language learners and users. Rather than obsessing about negative aspects of life, Positive Psychologists defend a more holistic perspective. By transforming the view of learners as failed “NS” of the target language to that of increasingly competent and happy users of a foreign language would lift a huge burden from the shoulders of foreign language learners and their teachers alike. We argue that the unexpected longevity and ubiquity of the NS in the foreign language teaching profession have deep historical roots in linguistics and culture, and that only a radical paradigm shift can dislodge it.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): First Language User, Foreign Language User, Native Speaker, Positive Psychology
    School: School of Arts > Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics (from 2021)
    Depositing User: Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2022 10:41
    Last Modified: 08 Jun 2022 21:01
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/48174

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