The motivational properties of emotions in Foreign Language Learning*

  • Mariza Mendez López Universidad de Quintana Roo
Keywords: affect, emotions, language learning, motivation (en_US)

Abstract (en_US)

Although the process of learning a foreign language is replete with emotions, these have not been sufficiently studied in the field of EnglishLanguage Teaching. The aim of this article is to report the motivational impact of the emotions experienced by second year students of anEnglish Language Teaching programme in a South East Mexican University. Students were asked to keep an emotional journal for twelve weeksduring their third term in order to map their emotions and their sources during instructed language learning. The results show that the emotionsexperienced most by students are: fear, happiness, worry, calm, sadness and excitement. Although there is a range of sources for emotionalreactions, the five main sources of students’ emotions are: their insecurity about their speaking ability, the teachers’ attitudes, comparisonswith peers, the classroom atmosphere, and the type of learning activities.The two main aspects identified as impacting on students’ motivationare: the teachers’ attitudes, and the classroom climate.

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How to Cite
Mendez López, M. (2011). The motivational properties of emotions in Foreign Language Learning*. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 13(2), 43 -57. https://doi.org/10.14483/22487085.3764
Vol 13 Nº 2
Published: 2011-07-01
Section
Research Articles