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    Can personality predict foreign language classroom emotions? The devil’s in the detail

    Botes, E. and Dewaele, Jean-Marc and Greiff, S. and Goetz, T. (2023) Can personality predict foreign language classroom emotions? The devil’s in the detail. Studies in Second Language Acquisition , ISSN 0272-2631.

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    Personality has been identified as a possible antecedent to emotions experienced in the foreign language (FL) classroom. However, contrasting results and differing personality models have resulted in ambiguous findings. This study set out to delve deeper into the role of personality as a predictor of FL emotions through a series of increasingly restrictive statistical models on a sample of n=246 FL learners. The relationships between personality – operationalised as global and lower-order factors in the Five Factor Model – and the FL emotions of Foreign Language Enjoyment, Anxiety, and Boredom were examined. The global factors of Neuroticism, Extraversion, and Conscientiousness, and the lower-order factors of Trust, Dutifulness, and Cheerfulness were significant predictors of FL emotions. However, the complexity of personality as a predictor variable is demonstrated in the intricacy of the results and as such the inclusion of personality in explanatory models of FL emotions ought to be approached with caution.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Foreign Language Emotions, Personality, Foreign Language Enjoyment, Foreign Language Anxiety, Foreign Language Boredom
    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: 27 Apr 2023 11:34
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:54


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