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The Role of Students’ and Teachers’ Emotions in the Language Learning Process

Paolo E. Balboni    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



The Venetian school of language education research devotes equal attention to the objective of teaching, i.e. language(s) as communicative instrument(s), and to the subject of the learning process, the student. The human components of the teaching process, the teacher and the students, are seen from the humanistic perspective, which assumes that human beings are governed by reason and emotion, and that both are important to understand what and why they act the way they do. The role of the teacher’s emotions has been very rarely considered in literature, yet a teacher is an emotional being like his or her students. The emotional factor is analysed through a grid of factors defined by the cognitive theory of emotions; yet, going back to the classics, Plato’s classification of emotions can be assumed as another grid (and a highly productive one) to be considered in a discourse about the impact of emotions and their relationship to the rational side.

March 1, 2013
Aug. 3, 2016
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