A COPPELT Organisation

POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING

Course overview

While much attention in research has been directed to the negative and often destructive forces in psychology of foreign language learning, less attention has been paid to the positive aspects of psychology that allows us to thrive and flourish. This course focuses on the posi-tive dimensions of psychology. It intends to provide the participants with a solid introduction to positive psychology in second language acquisition. The participants will also have the opportunity to explore working methods and practice concrete activities that they will be able to use in their classrooms. 

Program description

Our training program is divided into two parts: theoretical (Module 1) and applied (Module 2). The first module is an introduction to positive psychology. It aims to help teachers under-stand the importance of positive psychology concepts such as well-being, positive emotions, engagement, hope, enjoyment, meaning and relationships. The second module demonstrates practical applications of positive psychology and introduces innovative strategies to imple-ment positive psychology in language classrooms. In this Module, the participants will dis-cover how they can make the most of their potential; how they can build their teaching on the strengths they have; how they can promote positive relationships within their context; and how they can foster positive learning environments. 

Training program modules

Module 1 

Introduction 

• What do we mean by the “Positive Psychology” in ELT? 

• How do ELT teachers flourish and/or practice “Positive Psychology” in their class-rooms?

 Learner/Teacher Well-being 

 What’s learner/teacher well-being? 

• Features / Strengths of learner/teacher wellbeing Know and Grow Your Strengths 

• What are your strengths? 

• How can you build your lesson on the strengths? 

PERMA Theory and Well-being 

• The building blocks of PERMA Model 

Job Crafting in Language Classrooms 

• What is job crafting? • Why does job crafting matter in teaching business? 

Module 2 

How to use Positive Psychology Activities in EFL Classrooms 

The EMPATHICS Vision and its Practices in EFL Classrooms 

• Strategies / Practices to Cultivate Positive Emotions 

• Meaning, Motivation and Flow 

• Fostering Perseverance and Resilience 

• Agency in Language Education 

• Time in Language Learning 

• Habits of Mind as Applied to Language Learning 

• Intelligences • Character Strengths 

• Self-related Constructs 

Standard daily programme

Please find below the standard indicative daily programme that will be personalized on par-ticipants needs and professional profiles. 

Day 1

• Course introduction 

• Needs and expectations evaluation 

• Ice-breaking activities 

• Teambuilding exercises 

• Introduction to positive psychology 

• Welcome Dinner

Day 2

• Theoretical framework, definitions and key principles of positive psychology 

• Introduction to basic concepts in positive psychology 

Day 3

• The dynamics of language learning and well-being 

• PERMA Model 

• Job Crafting 

• Cultural activities

Day 4

• Why and how to use positive psychology activities in the foreign language classrooms 

• The EMPATHICS vision 

• Guided City Tour (Optional)

Day 5

Positive psychology exercises 

• Strategies / Practices to Cultivate Positive Emotions 

• Meaning, Motivation and Flow 

• Fostering Perseverance and Resilience 

• Developing Agency in Language Education 

Day 6

Positive psychology exercises 

• Growing Mindset 

• Intelligences 

• Character Strengths 

• Self-related Constructs 

• Dinner at a traditional  restaurant

Day 7

• Conclusion Remarks: Feel Good, Be Well and Flourish 

• Feedback & Certificate Ceremony