In episode 137, Stacey shares an interview with Dr. Elizabeth Miller, whom she met in February at Duke University’s inaugural language symposium event. After hearing her talk about her research on emotional labor among language teachers, Stacey sat down with Liz to discuss emotional labor, emotional management, and what language teachers need to know about emotions at work.

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Dr. Elizabeth Miller has 30 years experience as a language teacher including work in a bilingual school in Puerto Rico, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Japan, English as a Second Language (ESL) with international students at an American university and as a volunteer instructor at a Refugee Services Center, and now, for the past 14 years, working as a university professor in an English department. Dr. Miller teaches linguistics oriented courses at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition to her teaching, Dr. Miller is an active scholar. She was a Fulbright Research Fellow at the University of Cologne, Germany in Spring 2019, is current co-editor of Brief Research Reports for TESOL Quarterly, and is author and co-editor of several books on language learner and teacher agency: The Language of Adult Immigrants: Agency in the Making (2014), Theorizing and Analyzing Agency in Second Language Learning: Interdisciplinary Approaches (2015), and Theorizing and Analyzing Language Teacher Agency (2019), all published by Multilingual Matters. You can reach out to her by email at


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Johnson, S.M. (Interviewer/Producer). (2020). We Teach Languages Episode 137: Emotional Labor with Elizabeth Miller [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from



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