Managing Engagement: The Affective Dimension of Classroom Life

  • Tony Wright
Part of the Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics book series (RPAL)


This chapter explores the affective dimension of classroom management, developing issues raised by the core concern of ‘care’ (Chapter 5). As well as focusing on the care dimension of classroom management in which affect is intentionally foregrounded, we also discuss the emotional consequences of order and opportunity orientations to management in, for example, classroom participation patterns, as revealed in the discourses of learning encounters. In Chapter 1, I referred to this as engagement. Engagement, or a lack of it, is integral to classroom management practice.


Emotional Response Foreign Language Emotional Intelligence Language Learning Classroom Activity 
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Further reading

  1. Arnold (1999) contains a number of valuable papers on the affective domain.Google Scholar
  2. Brookfield (1990) contains a powerful account of a teacher’s perceptions of the affective domain.Google Scholar
  3. Claxton (1999) has a strong account of the emotional dimensions of learning.Google Scholar
  4. Cook (2000) is a full discussion of the role of play in language learning.Google Scholar
  5. Dornyei (2000) provides a comprehensive account of motivation.Google Scholar
  6. Goleman (1995) is a comprehensive and readable introduction to the role of emotions in all aspects of human life.Google Scholar
  7. Legutke and Thomas (1991) has a critique of ‘humanistic’ approaches to language teaching in action, and is singular in its treatment of the emotional domain in language teaching.Google Scholar
  8. Rogers, A. (1996) is a wide-ranging text on adult learning with a good section on affect.Google Scholar
  9. Rogers, C. (1983) is a classic argument for a ‘humanistic’ alternative to formal education.Google Scholar
  10. Stevick (1976) is a teacher’s view of the affective domain on language teaching in the ‘humanistic’ mould.Google Scholar
  11. Whitaker (1995) examines the affective dimensions of management in education.Google Scholar

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