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Emotional Intelligence in Foreign Language Acquisition



Year of publication 2015
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Language Centre

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Description This presentation is going to touch upon areas connected most of all to Emotional Intelligence. It is going to frame out the areas that are crucial for everyday human interactions and that can be used fruitfully for foreign language learning. As people need to communicate and their utter-most need is to connect with other people, it becomes necessary, to be able to navigate one´s own behaviour through the lands of other people. Hic sunt leones is no longer true. As much as we crave and need connection, we are intrinsically afraid of it, of the opinions we would get from other people. Emotional Intelligence is there to help us be guided through the web of human relations and to understand our own feelings as well as those of others. That´s where the starting point is – with awareness of those feelings. Undemanding it might sound, yet it is in reality very laborious, even in a native language, let alone in a foreign one. However, in my opinion, mastering Emotional Intelligence in a foreign language can serve both as a facilitating element for native language as well as a progress marker in a foreign one, as it represents the threshold dividing a mediocre user from a fluent and natural one. It opens the gate to a much higher level of knowledge; to a much higher level of learning, living and being. This presentation is followed by a workshop (To Dare or Not To Dare) where you can apply the knowledge you gained in the presentation to your own situation and learn some useful strategies.
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