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Positive Psychology can help overcome the pernicious native speaker ideology

Dewaele, Jean-Marc; Saito, Kazuya; (2022) Positive Psychology can help overcome the pernicious native speaker ideology. The European Educational Researcher , 5 (2) pp. 225-234. 10.31757/euer.526. Green open access

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Abstract

The world of applied linguistics and the profession of foreign language teaching needs to finally sweep away the notion of “Native Speaker” (NS) and the deficit perspective surrounding foreign language learners. We argue that Positive Psychology is a source of inspiration for a new and more positive perspective on foreign language learners and users. Rather than obsessing about negative aspects of life, Positive Psychologists defend a more holistic perspective. By transforming the view of learners as failed “NS” of the target language to that of increasingly competent and happy users of a foreign language would lift a huge burden from the shoulders of foreign language learners and their teachers alike. We argue that the unexpected longevity and ubiquity of the NS in the foreign language teaching profession are its deep historical roots in linguistics and culture, and that only a radical paradigm shift can dislodge it.

Type: Article
Title: Positive Psychology can help overcome the pernicious native speaker ideology
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.31757/euer.526
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.31757/euer.526
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Keywords: Native speaker, first language user, foreign language user, Positive Psychology
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10154991
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