Investigating the Experience of Boredom During Reading Sessions in the Foreign Language Classroom

Keywords: boredom, changes in the levels of boredom, reading, the English language classroom, learning a foreign language

Abstract

Despite the fact that boredom appears to be one of the most commonly experienced emotions in school settings, this negative emotion remains vastly underappreciated in the field of SLA. This is the gap this article seeks to rectify by reporting the findings of a classroom-based study whose purpose was to investigate changes in the experience of boredom in an English language classroom during reading sessions. The sample consisted of 18 second-year students studying English at a Polish high school. The data were collected by means of session logs, observations and reading session plans. The gathered data were analysed quantitatively and qualitatively. The findings showed that the participants reported different levels of boredom over the course of single reading sessions and from one session to the next. Factors responsible for the detected variation in the levels of boredom were related, among other things, to inactivity, performance of too easy/difficult tasks, teacher’s decisions regarding choice and use of language materials, the design of the reading sessions or individual characteristics of the learner.

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Published
2021-09-30
How to Cite
Kruk, M. (2021). Investigating the Experience of Boredom During Reading Sessions in the Foreign Language Classroom. Journal of Language and Education, 7(3), 89-103. https://doi.org/10.17323/jle.2021.12339