2018 Research in the Capitol

Presentation Type

Open Access Poster Presentation

Abstract

The three studies in this presentation examine the use of positive psychology (the study of what goes right in life) to benefit language learners. The first study examines the implementation of culturally responsive teaching by interviewing adult Chinese students and professors in the English for Academic Purposes program and in mainstream college classes. The interviews explored culturally responsive teaching and determined how students perceived and reacted to the lessons. The second study investigates the implementation of a personal strengths intervention to mitigate learners’ foreign language anxiety and improve classroom performance. This study provided students with the opportunity to self-reflect and apply their strongest attributes to learning English and Spanish. The third study evaluates existing positive psychology claims concerning how to stimulate an individual’s empathy by determining whether exposure to photographs of subjects–in this specific case, refugee learners–will increase the empathetic reactions of teachers toward them.

Start Date

3-4-2018 11:30 AM

End Date

3-4-2018 1:30 PM

Event Host

University Honors Programs, Iowa Regent Universities

Faculty Advisor

Tammy Gregerson

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

File Format

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Apr 3rd, 11:30 AM Apr 3rd, 1:30 PM

Positive Language Teaching: Culturally Responsive, Strengths-Based and Empathetic

The three studies in this presentation examine the use of positive psychology (the study of what goes right in life) to benefit language learners. The first study examines the implementation of culturally responsive teaching by interviewing adult Chinese students and professors in the English for Academic Purposes program and in mainstream college classes. The interviews explored culturally responsive teaching and determined how students perceived and reacted to the lessons. The second study investigates the implementation of a personal strengths intervention to mitigate learners’ foreign language anxiety and improve classroom performance. This study provided students with the opportunity to self-reflect and apply their strongest attributes to learning English and Spanish. The third study evaluates existing positive psychology claims concerning how to stimulate an individual’s empathy by determining whether exposure to photographs of subjects–in this specific case, refugee learners–will increase the empathetic reactions of teachers toward them.