British Council in the Philippines, in partnership with the Language Education Area of the University of the Philippines - College of Education will host a lecture of Mr. Thomas Lloyd on Evaluating Fun and Enjoyment in Language Learning: New Trend in ELT Research at 10.00 a.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the Benitez Hall of the UP College of Education in Diliman.
The subject of fun and enjoyment in language teaching has long been neglected in academic research in favour of concentrating on negative factors that affect language learning. A recent study by Dewaele and MacIntyre (2016) has sought to correct this by analysing what makes language learning enjoyable and fun, and what other factors may influence a students’ enjoyment of language leaning.
Using the mixed methods approach of convergent parallel design the study identified three areas related to Foreign Language Enjoyment (FLE):
- FLCA (Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety): where the students’ anxiety has a negative impact on their enjoyment of learning
- FLE-Social: where students identified external factors that made them enjoy their learning, such as friendly teachers and supportive classmates
- FLE-Private: where students experienced a private and personal enjoyment of learning, such as answering a question correctly or getting a high score on a test
This lecture will detail the methods and findings of this study in order to provide a clearer picture of this new and innovative line of academic enquiry.
The lecture is free but pre-registration is required. Certificates of attendance will be provided after the lecture to participants who arrive before the start of the lecture. Seats are limited.
About Thomas Lloyd
Thomas Lloyd was an ELT teacher and teacher trainer for 12 years before moving into ELT management with the British Council. In his current position as British Council’s Deputy Director, English for Education Systems East Asia, he has joint responsibility for British Council ELT project work in 13 countries in Asia, with a wide portfolio of work ranging from small scale transactional delivery to transformational education reform programmes. Thomas has an MA in ELT with Applied Linguistics from Birkbeck University of London and is a published author on excellence in English Language Teaching.