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ERIC Number: EJ784176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 38
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0008-4506
A Study of Flow Theory in the Foreign Language Classroom
Egbert, Joy
Canadian Modern Language Review, v60 n5 p549-586 Jun 2004
This article focuses on the relationship between flow experiences and language learning. Flow Theory suggests that flow experiences (characterized by a balance between challenge and skills and by a person's interest, control, and focused attention during a task) can lead to optimal learning. This theory has not yet been tested in the area of foreign or second language learning. The purpose of the present study is twofold: first, to establish the foundation for a research stream addressing flow in language learning, and second, to investigate whether flow exists in foreign language (FL) classrooms. Findings suggest that flow does exist in the FL classroom and that Flow Theory offers an interesting and useful framework for conceptualizing and evaluating language learning activities.
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Language: English
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