Is this commonly used - 'lower one's affective filter'? In below sentence, I can guess from the context that 'lower their affective filter' could mean to increase the likelihood for sb. to accept something. How do you understand this phrase? Is the use of 'filter' common here? I looked 'filter' up in the dictionary and could not find a suitable definition to explain its meaning in this sentence. 'TPR (total physical response) is a method of teaching language using physical movement to react to verbal input in order to reduce student inhibitions and lower their affective filter.'
Apr 21, 2016 1:20 PM
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This is what you're looking for: http://eldstrategies.com/affectivefilter.html Hope this helps. I agree with Kevin as well. Furthermore, I had no idea what that meant either, so after reading that link I sent you, you will know more about affective filters than 99% of English speakers. :)
April 21, 2016
You might be thinking of the verb "affect", but there's also the noun "affect" for which a definition can be found at http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affect. They define it as a "subjective feeling." While "filter" is commonly used with nouns, that particular phrase would really only be found in scholarly articles. It's not likely to be used in general conversation. Unless you were a psychologist, or a linguist, I suppose. I hope that makes a little more sense now. Good luck in your studies!
April 21, 2016
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