Between the invisible borders of communication. Meta-emotions and meta-identities in the learning of Spanish.

In this subproject, structured in five interdependent studies, we will investigate various aspects closely related to significant emotional processes in second language learning and their importance in the development of a linguistic identity in that language. We explore and reflect on the distinction between emotions and feelings from different disciplinary perspectives, as well as on linguistic identity in the learning of Spanish. The complexity of the systems investigated (learning, emotions and linguistic identities) raises a profound ethical reflection on the level of learning and empirical research.



  • To know the emotions and linguistic identities present in learners of Spanish (E.1).
  • To analyse the construction and evolution of emotions in relation to their Spanish learner identities in the early stages of learning.
  • To understand the process of constructing the identities of the Spanish learning self.
  • To explore the constructs of linguistic identities of a language (additional or adoptive).
  • To analyse and to reflect on the ethics applied to second language methodological designs in relation to emotion and identity.

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What emotions and feelings operate at the beginning of learning a language such as Spanish?

Research of the design

Based on one of the questions posed (What emotions and feelings operate at the beginning of learning a language such as Spanish?), the first study (E.1) aims to find out in participants who are going to start learning Spanish in different contexts the map of pre-existing and developed emotions and feelings in relation to this language. This research will involve quantitative and qualitative data through instruments agreed upon by experts and participants.

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  • Stage 1 (E.1)
    • Applied ethical reflection
    • Creation of scales with measurements
    • Implementation of the Delphi method (rounds)
  • Stage 2 (E.1)
    • Piloting instruments
    • Preparing the instrument and back translating
    • Development of various data collection modalities

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