ALBERTO RODRÍGUEZ-LIFANTE AND MARIMAR BOÍLLOS

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.

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Goals

  • 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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Stages

  • 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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Oscar Wilde
“Las pasiones sobre cuyo origen se engaña son las que más tiranizan. Los motivos que mejor se conocen tienen mucha menos fuerza”.
Oscar Wilde
Patricia Highsmith
“Lo que pasa es que uno proyecta un montón de emociones desagradables en una persona y te encuentras odiando a alguien o algo”.
Patricia Highsmith
Nietzche
“Nuestros pensamientos son las sombras de nuestros sentimientos, siempre más oscuros, más vanos, más sencillos que éstos”.
Nietzche
Spinoza
“Cada cual gobierna todo según su afecto”.
Spinoza
Ralph W. Emerson
“Nada grande se ha hecho nunca sin entusiasmo”.
Ralph W. Emerson
Virginia Wolf
“I prefer where truth is important to write fiction”.
Virginia Wolf
William James
“Es nuestra actitud al comienzo de una tarea difícil la que, más que cualquier otra cosa, afecta a su resultado exitoso”.
William James
M. E. Seligman.
“Los hábitos de pensamiento no tienen por qué persistir para siempre. Uno de los hallazgos más significativos de la psicología en los últimos veinte años es que los individuos eligen su forma de pensar”.
M. E. Seligman
Winston S. Churchill
“Un pesimista ve la dificultad en cada oportunidad; un optimista ve la oportunidad en cada dificultad”.
Winston S. Churchill
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“El éxito requiere de persistencia, la habilidad de no rendirse en la cara del fracaso. Creo que el estilo optimista es la llave a la persistencia”.
M.E. Seligman
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“Los límites de mi lenguaje son los límites de mi mente”.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
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“Cambia tu atención y cambiarás tus emociones. Cambia tu emoción y tu atención cambiará de lugar”.
Frederick Dodson