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ERIC Number: EJ1134772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2083-5205
Positive Psychology in Cross-Cultural Narratives: Mexican Students Discover Themselves While Learning Chinese
Oxford, Rebecca L.; Cuéllar, Lourdes
Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, v4 n2 p173-203 2014
Using the principles of positive psychology and the tools of narrative research, this article focuses on the psychology of five language learners who crossed cultural and linguistic borders. All five were university students learning Chinese in Mexico, and two of them also studied Chinese in China. The grounded theory approach was used to analyze and interpret the students' narratives. Seligman's (2011) PERMA model, the centerpiece of the modern view of well-being, provided the theoretical framework. The results led to the conclusion that language learning can be a major journey in self-discovery, rich in positive emotions tied to experiences of engagement, relationship, meaning, and accomplishment.
Adam Mickiewicz University Department of English Studies. Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts, Ul. Nowy Swiat 28-30, 62-800 Kailsz, Poland. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico; China
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