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    Let’s get positive: how foreign language teaching enjoyment can create a positive feedback loop

    Yang, S. and Azari Noughabi, M. and Botes, E. and Dewaele, Jean-Marc (2023) Let’s get positive: how foreign language teaching enjoyment can create a positive feedback loop. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching 13 (1), pp. 17-38. ISSN 2083-5205.

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    Research on learners’ foreign language emotions has revealed the existence of a positive feedback loop where increased enjoyment leads to better performance which, in turn, strengthens learners’ enjoyment and boosts overall happiness. The current study follows this avenue focusing on teachers’ foreign language teaching enjoyment (FLTE) and its relationships with engagement, mindfulness, and burnout. The participants, who were 496 English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers from Iran, completed four electronic surveys. The proposed mediation model based on data collected from EFL teachers indicated that FLTE partially mediated the relationship between mindfulness and engagement as well as their burnout. The results revealed that mindful EFL teachers who enjoy the profession are more likely to experience higher levels of work engagement and job satisfaction, thus creating a positive feedback loop. In addition, the findings suggest the importance of positive emotions in EFL teachers’ psychological flourishing based on the tenets of positive psychology. Finally, implications and suggestions for further research are offered.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): foreign language teaching enjoyment (FLTE), mindfulness, engagement, burnout, EFL teachers
    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: 16 Mar 2023 14:49
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:54


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