The Effect of Empathy on College English Speaking

Lingdi Chen


With various learner factors identified, empathy have been assumed to affect foreign learning to the extent to which it may result in certain differences in learner’s learning styles and strategies as well as the ultimate achievements. This paper reviews the research on the correlation between empathy and language learning .A small-scale survey about empathic state of non-English majors was carried out to indicate the effect of empathy on language learners’ speaking proficiency. It aims to implicate that college language researchers could attempt empathy-related teaching techniques to create completely “native” classroom environment to help language learners improve their speaking performance in a most favorable affective state.

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