Foreign language peace of mind: A positive emotion drawn from the Chinese EFL learning context.

Li Zhou, Jean-Marc Dewaele, Katja Lochtman, Yiheng Xi

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This study presents a new positive emotion construct, 外语平和心态
(waiyu pinghe xintai) or Foreign Language Peace of Mind (FLPOM), drawn from the
Chinese cultural tradition. It is a low-arousal positive (LAP) emotional state (e.g.,
calmness, peacefulness) and a state of internal harmony. Three sub-studies were
conducted. In Study 1, a measurement scale of FLPOM was developed and validated.
In Study 2, the FLPOM scale was administered to Chinese English as a
Foreign Language learners along the Chinese Foreign Language Enjoyment (FLE)
scale which can potentially reflect slightly more high-arousal positive (HAP) states
(e.g., joy, enthusiasm) to test the discriminability of FLPOM from FLE. Study 3
examined the extents to which FLPOM and FLE predict Chinese learners’ language
proficiency. Correlation and discriminant validity analysis confirmed that FLPOM
and FLE were related but discriminable emotion constructs. Stepwise regression
analyses revealed that FLPOM was a stronger predictor of Chinese learners’ selfperceived
FL proficiency than FLE. Possible implications on FL teaching and
learning in the Chinese context were provided.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)1385-1410
Aantal pagina's26
TijdschriftApplied Linguistics Review
Nummer van het tijdschrift5
Vroegere onlinedatum25 nov 2021
StatusPublished - 1 sep 2023

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