Chris Jacobs on Flow Theory


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Chris Jacobs joins Mike and Andrew to talk about flow theory. Chris is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska, teaching French, Italian, Spanish, and Linguistics. He is currently working on projects exploring learning optimization through flow - flow is a state of deep focus on an enjoyable activity that is at once challenging and accessible. Research on flow and language acquisition is increasing, and Chris is at the forefront of that.

In this episode, Chris dives into:

  • what flow is and its balance between fun and relevance
  • how the theory of psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has been adapted to language learning
  • characteristics of flow experiences
  • how tasks and TBLT are innate elements of flow
  • activities that are more conducive to creating flow
  • why flow and tasks are possible with all proficiency levels

More on Chris Jacobs:

His University of Nebraska Page

His most recent publication on flow

Read more about this episode on the LYE blog.

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