Volume 40, Issue 2
  • ISSN 0155-0640
  • E-ISSN: 1833-7139
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This paper presents findings from the (FL2) project – a language curriculum for first-year university students which integrates Positive Psychology ( Seligman, 2002 ), Transition Pedagogy ( Kift, 2009a ), and CLIL principles ( Coyle, 2006 ). The project aims to create learning experiences that are personally relevant, and that facilitate alignment between learners’ interests, linguistic goals, and cognitive challenges posed by the tasks, in order to increase the perceived value of language learning and sustain students’ motivation. More specifically, the project involves re-designing language learning activities typically found in beginners’ level classes, to include strategies and contents believed to facilitate transition, as well as enhance students’ psychological, emotional, and social wellbeing. In this paper, we evaluate the trial implementation of the FL2 activities integrated into the beginners’ curriculum at two different universities. Feedback obtained from language experts and practitioners in language education and Positive Psychology is also briefly discussed.


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Keyword(s): Italian; L2 learning; Positive Psychology; Transition Pedagogy; wellbeing
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