Language Education and Emotions

Third International Conference on Language Education and Testing November 26-28, 2018

Current research and publications

ongoing projects

  • 01/01/2017-31/12/2021: VLIR-UOS Joint (Inter)national Academic Networking (JOINT) Project on EAP: 'Anglais Académique – Phase IV: Qualité, Extension, Durabilité'
  • 01/08/2020-30/04/2021: Dept. Onderwijs en Vorming Vlaamse Gemeenschap - Onderzoek Taalintegratietrajecten
  • 01/09/2020-31/08/2023: Erasmus + KA201 - Strategic Partnerships for school education: 'Learning scenarios to support inclusive language and culture education for heterogeneous school classes' (Antwerp School of Education, University of Antwerp - Université Catholique de Louvain - Göteborg University - Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań - University of Bozen)
  • 01/10/2020-30/09/2023: Erasmus + KA107 - Higher education student and staff mobility between Programme and Partner Countries (Antwerp School of Education, University of Antwerp - Kwame Nkrumah University Kabwe, Zambia)

project proposals (launch pending)

  • FWO Senior research project fundamental research: 'Task autonomy and motivation: the mental acceptability of tasks in foreign language learning'

publications in press

  • Willems, J., T.F.H. Smits & T. Mortelmans (2020). In die Schule lerne ich Deutsch: Übergeneralisierung in der Präpositionalphrase als Indiz für einen Defaultkasus. In: Germanistische Mitteilungen. (VABB-SHW)
  • Simons, M. & T.F.H. Smits (2021). Language Education and Emotions. Current Perspectives on Language Students, Teachers, and Teaching and Learning Processes (Working Title). Abingdon: Routledge. (VABB-SHW)

publications under review

  • Janssenswillen, P., Meeus, W. & T.F.H. Smits. Teacher education, quo vadis? Historical perspectives on academic teacher education reform in Flanders, Belgium. In: European Journal of Teacher Education. (WoS/VABB-SHW)
  • Kloots, H. & T.F.H. Smits. Checking foreign language textbooks for national variation. Do textbooks reflect pluricentric languages’ intralinguistic variation? In: Special Issue of Critical Multilingualism Studies "National Standards – Local Varieties: A Cross-Linguistic Discussion on Regional Variation in Foreign Language Studies“.

publications in preparation

  • Grobler C. & T.F.H. Smits. Validating and improving an assessment instrument for oral skills of beginners students in French as a foreign language [Working title].
  • Smits, T.F.H. & C. Grobler. Learner-centred pedagogy through CALL instructional design: a theoretical framework for CALL research on fostering speaking skills. In: South African Journal of Education. ISSN: 0256-0100. (VABB-SHW)
  • Schelfhout, W., T.F.H. Smits & E. Vandervieren. Trainee teachers engaging in an equilibrium model for creating powerful and differentiating learning environments [Working title].

PhD supervision

PhD projects @ UAntwerpen

  • PhD Student: D. Aba
  • Project Title: Socio-cultural and pragma-linguistic perspectives on intercultural communicative competence within mobile and non-mobile higher education contexts
  • Supervision Type: Supervisor
  • PhD Student: D. Lisaite
  • Project Title: Enabling Teachers and Students through Content and Language Integrated Learning
  • Supervision Type: Supervisor of incoming Joint PhD (co-supervisor: B. Janiunaite, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania)


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External PhD projects

  • PhD Student: D. Hansen
  • University: Université Catholique de Louvain
  • Project Title: Leveraging Collaborative Work for Game-Based Language Learning.
  • Supervision Type: PhD Committee Member
  • PhD Student: H. Gerits
  • University: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Project Title: The relation between listening comprehension and grammar acquisition: a study into the effectiveness of teaching the grammar of Hungarian through listening tasks.
  • Supervision Type: PhD Committee Member

PhD defences (current year only)

  • PhD Student: C. Grobler
  • Project Title: Designing a model for a technology-enhanced environment developing the oral interactional competence of beginner language learners
  • Supervision Type: Supervisor
  • PhD Student: G. Romkes
  • Project Title: Verschillen in taalgebruik/gedrag in de klas als mogelijke indicator voor professionele groei bij studenten uit de tweede graads lerarenopleiding
  • Supervision Type: PhD Committee Chairman
  • PhD Student: H. Nur Ozcelik
  • University: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Project Title: Do peer collaboration and autonomy enhance L2 Listening Comprehension?
  • Supervision Type: PhD Jury Member