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ELT and Happiness

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ELT and Happiness

Marc Helgesen is an author of over 180 ELT articles, textbooks and books, most recently the English Firsthand series (5th edition, with John Wiltshier and Steve Brown, Pearson) and English Teaching and the Science of Happiness: Positive psychology communication activities for language learners. (ABAX ELT).

Marc has lead teacher development workshops and been an invited speaker to conferences on five continents. His websites include and

Marc is a professor in the Dept. of Modern Business at Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University, Sendai. He also teaches a course on “Positive Psychology in ELT” at Nagoya University of Foreign Languages M.A. TESOL program.

Marc has put together a collection of downloads for EFL and ESL teachers who want to use activities that work on specific language points (grammar, functions, topics and vocabulary) while having students do things that positive psychologists find are connected to happiness and well-being. 

Basically, positive psychology is the study of what is going on in the minds of happy people. Traditional psychology focusses on mental illness. Positive psychology focusses on mental health. 

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