Event Date: 10th January 2022


The current presentation is based on Dewaele & Wu’s (2021) study on emotional labor, a concept developed by Hochschild (1983) and defined as “the management of feelings to create a publicly observable facial and bodily display.” (p. 7). Teachers routinely make a conscious effort to manage their emotions in front of students which can lead to burn-out over time. We focused on emotional labor strategies from 594 Chinese English Foreign Language teachers, seeking to discover which ones are preferred, how they are related to each other and how they are linked to teachers’ sociobiographical, institutional, attitudinal, linguistic and psychological characteristics. The statistical findings are linked to previous research and some pedagogical implications are presented.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Jean-Marc Dewaele is a Professor of Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at Birkbeck in the University of London. His research focuses on individual differences in psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, pragmatic, psychological and emotional aspects of Second Language Acquisition and Multilingualism. He has published over 250 papers and chapters, seven books and seven special issues on these topics.

Dr. Dewaele is likewise the author of Emotions in Multiple Languages (2010; 2013). He is also the former president of the European Second Language Association and the International Association of Multilingualism. He is the former General Editor of the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism and current General Editor of Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.

Dr. Dewaele won the Equality and Diversity Research Award from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013) and the Robert C. Gardner Award for Outstanding Research in Bilingualism (2016) from the International Association of Language and Social Psychology.