Don’t worry, be happy?
- Created: Friday, 07 April 2017 09:06
Don’t Worry, Be Happy?
Teachers concerned about their students’ anxiety over foreign language learning should stop focusing on the negative feeling – and aim at helping students enjoy their lessons instead, a new study suggests.
New research on British students by Jean-Marc Dewaele et al (see here), says that teachers should take the focus off anxiety because they can have little influence over it. Teachers should ‘light their students’ fire’ instead of worrying about them being cold, the authors say. In short, they should focus on the positive emotion which they can control – enjoyment.