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    Research on language teachers’ emotion labour and emotional well-being. A critical analysis and suggestions for further research

    Blake, Charlie and Dewaele, Jean-Marc (2023) Research on language teachers’ emotion labour and emotional well-being. A critical analysis and suggestions for further research. The European Educational Researcher , ISSN 2517-6323.

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    Abstract

    This critical overview examines the body of literature on language instructors’ emotion labour, with the aim of providing insights into the aspects of teachers’ work that positively and negatively impact their emotional well-being, as well as possible strategies to help them flourish. Research in this novel area was divided into three broadly chronological categories for analysis: pioneering studies, qualitative studies with a specific focus, and more methodologically diverse studies. The findings indicated that societal attitudes influenced the institution, resulting in differing levels of pressure or support experienced by the teachers. Emotion labour was found to stem from teachers’ beliefs conflicting with those held at an institutional level or beyond, as well as from interactions with the learners, and could have positive and/or negative outcomes. One of the worst possible outcomes is burn-out. Agency, empathy, and reflection were among the strategies to emerge with the potential to neutralise negative outcomes. The article concludes with suggestions for further research.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Emotion Labour, Emotional Well-being, Language Teachers, Teacher 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: 30 Nov 2022 15:36
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:54
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/50067

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