Using questionnaires in research into emotions in ELT

Emotions are omnipresent in our daily lives, and teaching and learning are no exception. Two key characteristics of emotions are their highly subjective nature and their interaction with and mediation by learners’ and teachers’ diverse contexts. These features pose certain challenges to researchers of emotions generally and also within ELT specifically. Narratives in the form of diaries/journals and interviews have often been the most widely employed tools for collecting data on learners’ and teachers’ emotions. In this webinar, I will focus on scenario-based questionnaires and their use in research into emotions. I will describe an emotion-regulation questionnaire which we developed for foreign/second language learners and highlight the need for designing questionnaires which are contextualised and describe specific classroom situations.