Article published in:Flourishing in Italian: Positive Psychology approaches to the teaching and learning of Italian in Australia
Edited by Antonia Rubino, Antonella Strambi and Vincenza Tudini
[Australian Review of Applied Linguistics 40:2] 2017
► pp. 121–139
Flourishing in a Second Language (FL2)
Integrating Positive Psychology, Transition Pedagogy and CLIL principles
This paper presents findings from the Flourishing in a Second Language (FL2) project – a language curriculum for first-year university students which integrates Positive Psychology (Seligman, 2002), Transition Pedagogy (Kift, 2009a), and CLIL principles (Coyle, 2006). The project aims to create learning experiences that are personally relevant, and that facilitate alignment between learners’ interests, linguistic goals, and cognitive challenges posed by the tasks, in order to increase the perceived value of language learning and sustain students’ motivation. More specifically, the project involves re-designing language learning activities typically found in beginners’ level classes, to include strategies and contents believed to facilitate transition, as well as enhance students’ psychological, emotional, and social wellbeing. In this paper, we evaluate the trial implementation of the FL2 activities integrated into the beginners’ curriculum at two different universities. Feedback obtained from language experts and practitioners in language education and Positive Psychology is also briefly discussed.
Keywords: L2 learning, wellbeing, Positive Psychology, Transition Pedagogy, Italian
Published online: 01 December 2017
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