“Learning doesn’t take place in isolation from kids’ feelings. Being emotionally literate is as important for learning as instruction in math and reading.”
— Karen Stone McCown
At the cusp of the 20th and at the beginning of the 21st centuries, it seemed that many experts such as John Dewey, Edward de Bono, Howard Gardner and Daniel Goleman (among others) were calling for a fundamental paradigm shift in the world of education and for the recognition of educating the whole person; that is to say, not just the purely academic and intellectual mind, but also the affective or emotional side of the individual, some arguing even that emotional intelligence, or EQ, was an even better indicator of people’s academic and professional success than the traditional IQ tests were.
This movement, however, despite its initial enthusiastic reception, seems to have gradually faded into the background of mainstream teaching trends, even though our students nowadays are faced by even more demanding challenges, both present and future, such as global warming, global terrorism, an ever shrinking labour market as well as a more competitive global economy -more now than they did even 20 years ago when Goleman was talking about the ‘unravelling of the threads of society’; hence, apart from the need to learn how to continuously learn and develop professionally, they will also need the emotional fortitude, strength of character and psychological resources to succesfully face these challenges in a seemingly ever more precarious world.
Moreover, as educationalists, we have all come to accept these concepts such as rapport, motivation, the emotional filter and, to use Gardner’s descriptions, intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligences( i.e. emotional intelligence) are fundamental to effective and successful learning and teaching. Hence, we at the Istanbul Technical University School of Foreign Languages, would like to invite you in joining us in revisiting this theme and bringing it up to debate and scrutiny again at our conference entitled, Affective Factors in Language Learning, to be held on 22nd and 23rd May 2017 at our Maçka campus in Mustafa Kemal Hall.
We would be most grateful for your participation at the event and would therefore like to invite you, along with two other member of your staff, to attend said conference where we can share our ideas on this and other issues that we face in the teaching of Foreign Languages at higher level education. We expect the conference to be both informative and highly engaging as we have a most distinguished panel of speakers, from both here in Turkey and from abroad, who will be sharing their ideas, research and personal experience with us through their presentations and through the post-presentation question and answer sessions. We greatly look forward to your contribution at our conference and sincerely hope to see you there.
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