Event Date: 22nd January 2022


In this presentation, we explore the role of emotions in language teaching and learning. More specifically, we focus on the positive and negative effects of specific emotions in the language learning process. Then, we learn about social-emotional learning (SEL) and how language educators can use SEL successfully in the language classroom to support students’ emotional growth and process of language learning.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Luis Javier Pentón Herrera, Ph.D. served as the 38th President of Maryland TESOL in 2018-2019. He currently serves as Assistant Professor at the University of Warsaw (Poland), and as Coordinator of the TESOL Certificate and Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University (USA). In addition, he serves as the Social Responsibility Interest Section (SRIS) Co-Chair (2021-2022) at TESOL International Association. Dr. Pentón Herrera’s current research projects include: exploring the language and literacy experiences of adolescent and adult Indigenous students from Latin America; exploring adolescent and adult students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE); social-emotional learning (SEL) and well-being in language and literacy education; and autoethnography and storytelling. He is the co-editor (with Ethan Tính Trinh) of Critical storytelling: Multilingual immigrants in the United States (Brill/Sense, 2021), the editor of English and students with limited or interrupted formal education: Global perspectives on teacher preparation and classroom practices (2021, Springer), co-author (with Gilda Martínez-Alba) of Social-emotional learning in the English language classroom: Fostering growth, self-care, and independence (TESOL Press, 2021) and co-author (with Drew Fagan and Sherry Lyons) of the Maryland TESOL handbook for educators of English learners (Maryland TESOL, 2021). To learn more about Dr. Pentón Herrera, please visit his website https://luispenton.com/.