Success: From failure to failure with enthusiasm

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Danuta Gabryś-Barker

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In this article I would like to look briefly at the background to the concept of enthusiasm, its evolution from earlier understandings in the domain of religion to its modern understandings as expressed by various lexicographic sources. This will lead me to the major focus of the article, which is the various applications of enthusiasm in education. Not surprisingly, there is a large body of empirical studies on teacher and learner enthusiasm and its contribution to successful teaching and learning. A selection of studies is presented here and their results are discussed. The empirical part of this article looks at my own qualitative study of pre-service EFL teachers’ narratives and their perceptions of teacher enthusiasm and its impact on teaching and learning success, as seen from their own perspective. In the concluding part I suggest how teacher training should incorporate ideas on teacher enthusiasm and strategies to deploy them as prospective weapons in preventing professional burnout in teachers. As Churchill said, “success is not final... Failure is not fatal... it´s the courage to continue that counts.” I strongly believe that it is enthusiasm that gives us courage to continue.

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Gabryś-Barker, D. (2014). Success: From failure to failure with enthusiasm. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 4(2), 301-325. https://doi.org/10.14746/ssllt.2014.4.2.7
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Danuta Gabryś-Barker, University of Silesia, Institute of English, ul. Gen. Grota-Roweckiego 5, 41-205 Sosnowiec

danuta.gabrys@gmail.com
Danuta Gabryś-Barker is Professor of English at the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland, where she lectures and supervises MA and PhD theses in applied linguistics, psycholinguistics and especially in second language acquisition. Her main areas of interest are multilingualism and applied psycholinguistics. As a teacher trainer she lectures on research methods in second language acquisition and TEFL projects. Professor GabryƑ-Barker has published over a hundred articles nationally as well as internationally and the books Aspects of Multilingual Storage, Processing and Retrieval (2005, Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu _ůČskiego) and Reflectivity in Pre-service Teacher Education (2012, Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu _ůČskiego). She has edited nine volumes, among others for Multilingual Matters, Springer and the University of Silesia Press (Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu _ůČskiego). Professor GabryƑ-Barker is the editor-in-chief (together with Eva Vetter) of the International Journal of Multilingualism (Taylor & Francis/Routledge).

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