Facilitating Flow in Foreign Language Learning

Berenice Rivera-Macias, Hilkka Lydén, Samu Heikinmatti, Alina Leminen

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In this article we explore the practical facilitation of flow in foreign language learning, building upon theoretical concepts and previous research. We highlight the role of practitioners, emphasizing that teachers are facilitators shaping language learning experiences. We discuss the relationship between flow, enjoyment, and task-challenge alignment. We also outline practical strategies to foster flow, such as task design and interactivity. Moreover, we share insights from an expert teacher of Finnish as a foreign language. Our article underscores the importance of maintaining a balance between challenge and autonomy to sustain flow. Additionally, it showcases a collaborative video project as an effective practice. Ultimately, this paper contributes to the study of flow in language learning and its application in Finnish language education within the MALL project.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLaurea Journal
Issue number14.11.2023
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2023
MoEC publication typeD1 Article in a trade journal

Field of science

  • Languages


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