Studies of Boredom in General Education and L2 Learning

Teachers Reflecting on Boredom in the Language Classroom - Mirosław Pawlak

Mirosław Pawlak [+-]
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland State School of Higher Professional Education, Poland
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Mirosław Pawlak is Professor of English in the Department of English Studies at the Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts of Adam Mickiewicz University in Kalisz, Poland and the Institute of Modern Languages of State School of Higher Professional Education, Konin, Poland. His main areas of interest are SLA theory and research, form-focused instruction, corrective feedback, classroom discourse, learner autonomy, communication and learning strategies, individual learner differences and pronunciation teaching. His recent publications include (2006, Kalisz–Poznań: Adam Mickiewicz University Press), Production-oriented and comprehension-based grammar teaching in the foreign language classroom (with Anna Mystkowska-Wiertelak, 2011, Heidelberg – New York: Springer), Error correction in the foreign language classroom: Reconsidering the issues (2012, Poznań – Kalisz – Konin: Adam Mickiewicz University Press), and several edited collections on learner autonomy, language policies of the Council of Europe, form-focused instruction, speaking in a foreign language and individual learner differences.
Mariusz Kruk [+-]
University of Zielona Góra, Poland

Mariusz Kruk, PhD, is from Słupca, Poland. He studied Russian philology (Pedagogical University in Zielona Góra, Poland) and English philology (Adam Mickiewicz University in Kalisz, Poland). He has been working for a number of years as an elementary and senior high school teacher. His main interests include computer-assisted language learning, virtual worlds, learner autonomy, motivation and statistics in applied linguistics.

Joanna Zawodniak
University of Zielona Góra, Poland


Chapter Four provides a brief overview of studies targeting different aspects of student and teacher boredom, focusing on main research directions, methodological issues and actual findings. The first part will be devoted to empirical investigations in the field of educational psychology, (e.g., Daniels et al., 2015; Malkovsky et al., 2012; Shaw et al., 1996). The second part will be dedicated to studies in the field of SLA which have been both quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods in nature and have focused much more on student rather than teacher boredom (e.g., Kormos & Csizér, 2014; Kruk, 2019; Peacock, 1997; Yazdanmehr, Elahi Shirvan, & Saghafi, 2021). The urgent need for further research investigating the causes of and solutions to boredom from the perspective of the teacher will also be emphasized.

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Pawlak, Mirosław; Kruk, Mariusz; Zawodniak, Joanna. Studies of Boredom in General Education and L2 Learning. Teachers Reflecting on Boredom in the Language Classroom. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2023. ISBN 9781000000000. Date accessed: 30 Sep 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43249. Mar 2023

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