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Innovations and Challenges in Language Learning Motivation

By Zoltán Dörnyei​ Copyright 2020
    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    186 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Innovations and Challenges in Language Learning Motivation provides a cutting-edge perspective on the latest challenges and innovations in language learning motivation, incorporating numerous examples and cases in mainstream psychology and in the field of second language acquisition. Drawing on over three decades of research experience as well as an extensive review of the latest psychological and SLA literature, Dörnyei provides an accessible overview of these cutting-edge areas and covers novel topics that have not yet been addressed in L2 motivation research, such as:

    • fundamental theoretical questions such as mental time travel, ego depletion, psychological momentum and passion, and how the temporal dimension of motivation can be made consistent with a learner attribute;

    • key challenges concerning the notion of L2 motivation, ranging from issues about the nature of motivation (e.g. trait, state or a process?) and questions surrounding unconscious versus conscious motivation, the motivational capacity of vision, and long-term motivation and persistence;

    • highly practical classroom-specific challenges such as how technological advances could be better integrated in teachers’ repertoires of motivational strategies.

    This distinctive book from one of the key voices in the field will be essential reading for students in the field of TESOL and Applied Linguistics, as well as language teachers and teacher educators.

    Introduction: The ever-changing terrain of L2 motivation research Part I: Challenges 1. The challenge of conceptualising motivation 2. The challenge of relating L2 motivation to SLA 3. The challenge of relating motivation to multilingual learning experiences 4. The challenge of researching motivation 5. The challenge of enhancing motivation Part II: Innovations 6. Innovations in conceptualising motivation 7. Innovations in relating L2 motivation to SLA 8. Innovations in understanding L2 motivation in multilingual contexts 9. Innovations in researching motivations 10. Innovations in enhancing motivation Conclusion: What lies ahead?


    Zoltán Dörnyei is Professor of Psycholinguistics at the School of English, University of Nottingham, UK. He has published extensively on various aspects of language learner characteristics and second language acquisition, and he is the (co-)author of over 90 academic papers and 25 books.

    'Zoltán Dörnyei has produced a masterful account of key challenges and innovations in contemporary language learning motivation research, drawing on a wide literature base extending into many areas of mainstream psychology. Through his impressive breadth of scholarship, insightful analysis and sheer enthusiasm for the subject, he succeeds admirably in showing why the topic of language learning motivation continues to fascinate and to challenge us, and how much more we have yet to explore. This book will be of interest to all those engaged in researching or promoting motivation in language learning.'

    Professor Ema Ushioda, Director of the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK