Keynote Speakers

We are very proud to announce the following keynote speakers:

- Jane Arnold Morgan, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)
- Jean-Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck, University of London (UK)


Jane Arnold Morgan, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)

Jane Arnold was Full Professor of Language Teaching Methodology at the University of Seville (Spain). She has numerous publications, including

  • Affect in Language Learning (Cambridge University Press)
  • Meaningful Action. Earl Stevick’s Influence on Language Teaching with Tim Murphey (Cambridge University Press)
  • Imagine That! Mental Imagery in the EFL Classroom with Herbert Puchta and Mario Rinvolucri (Helbling Languages and Cambridge University Press)
  • Seeds of Confidence with Veronica de Andrés (Helbling Languages).

She is a member of advisory boards for several language teaching organizations and publications and has given plenaries and workshops as well as teaching modules for Master’s programs in several European countries, North and South America, North Africa and Asia. She has frequently participated in courses for teachers of Spanish with the Instituto Cervantes in Europe and the United States. Her main research area is the affective domain of language learning and teaching.

Jane is the Academic Director for Language and Cultural Encounters which organizes Study Abroad programs at the University of Seville and also professional development courses for teachers of Spanish.


Abstract - Affect in Language Learning: A Map of the Terrain

We will explore how affective factors influence significantly the processes involved in second language acquisition, taking a holistic perspective on the classroom which includes the affective and physical sides of learners as well as the cognitive. We will look at the individual factors that influence the development of the learning process with emphasis on motivation, confidence and self-esteem and will include reflections on Gardner’s multiple intelligences theory and how it can be used in the language teaching. The importance of the group and ways to develop effective group dynamics in the classroom to establish an atmosphere which favors interaction will also be considered. Ways to work with the affective dimension in our language classes will be presented.


Jean-Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck, University of London (UK)

Jean-Marc Dewaele is professor in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at Birkbeck, University of London (UK). His teaching and research interests cover a wide range of topics. He is specifically interested in individual differences in foreign language acquisition and multilingualism. He has focused on sociolinguistic and sociopragmatic competence and on the communication of emotions in a variety of languages and contexts. He is also investigating Foreign Language Enjoyment and Foreign Language Anxiety in classrooms around the world, and more specifically in the UK and in China.

Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele has many leading publications, including his books

  • Emotions in Multiple Languages (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • New Insights into Language Anxiety Theory, Research and Educational Implications (Multilingual Matters)

He won several prices (a.o. the prize for best paper in the Journal of the European Second Language Association (2017); the Robert C. Gardner Award for Excellence in Second Language and Bilingualism Research (2016) from the International Association of Language and Social Psychology; the Equality and Diversity Research Award (2013) from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).


Abstract - The emotional rollercoaster ride of foreign language learners and teachers

Recent research has shown that learner emotions, both negative and positive, are the fuel for foreign language learning and teaching (Dewaele et al., 2017). Emotions are at the heart of learner and teacher engagement and they can fluctuate wildly over different time scales (Gkonou, Dewaele & King, to appear). Teachers have to be able to handle their own emotions and to feel the emotional temperature in the class in order to create an environment where linguistic experimentation and play is possible. As such, the teacher plays the role of the discrete but competent conductor helping learners to sharpen their linguistic and communicative skills in the foreign language (de Dios Martínez Agudo, 2018).

de Dios Martínez Agudo, J. (Ed.) (2018) Emotions in Second Language Teaching. Berlin: Springer.
Dewaele, J.-M., Witney, J., Saito, K. & Dewaele, L. (2017) Foreign language enjoyment and anxiety in the FL classroom: the effect of teacher and learner variables. Language Teaching Research DOI: 10.1177/1362168817692161 (online first)
Gkonou, C., Dewaele, J.-M & King, J. (to appear) Language Teaching: An Emotional Rollercoaster. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.