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Motivational Currents in Language Learning

Frameworks for Focused Interventions, 1st Edition

By Zoltán Dörnyei, Alastair Henry, Christine Muir


204 pages

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Building on Zoltán Dörnyei’s authoritative work in the field of learner motivation, this book introduces a new conceptualization—Directed Motivational Currents (DMCs)—and sets out the defining aspects of what they are, what they are not, and how they are related to language learning motivation. Going beyond focused behavior in a single activity, DMCs concern intensive long-term motivation. The distinctive feature of the theory is that it views motivation not simply as a springboard for action but also as a uniquely self-renewing and sustainable process. It is this energizing capacity which distinguishes DMCs from almost every other motivational construct described in the research literature.

Motivational Currents in Language Learning offers new insights, valuable both to motivation researchers and classroom practitioners. The accessible style, along with plentiful illustrations and practical suggestions for promoting sustained learning, invite readers to think about motivation in a different way. Highly relevant for language teachers, teachers-in-training, teacher educators, and researchers in TESOL and applied linguistics, the book explains how the DMC construct can be integrated into course structures and teaching methodologies, and encourages teachers to try out novel methods for harnessing motivational power in classroom settings.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Three Stories. 2. DMCs Versus Long-Term Motivation: Positioning DMCs Within L2 Motivation Theory. 3. Vistion: The ‘Directed’ Aspects of DMCs. 4. The Launch of a DMC: Shifting into Hyperdrive. 5. The Unique Structure of a DMC: Utilizing ‘Renewable Energy’. 6. Positive Emotional Loading: Eudaimonic Well-Being and Authenticity. 7. When the Current Begins to Wane: The Nature of Effort and the Longer-term Sustainability of DMCs. 8. Introducing ‘Group-DMCs’. 9. Generating DMCs in the Language Classroom.

About the Authors

Zoltán Dörnyei is Professor of Psycholinguistics at the School of English, University of Nottingham, UK.

Alastair Henry is an Associate Professor in language education at University West, Sweden.

Christine Muir is a Postgraduate Teaching Fellow at the School of English, University of Nottingham, UK.

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language