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The Routledge Handbook of the Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching

ISBN 9780367337230
Published November 11, 2021 by Routledge
446 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This state-of-the-art volume is the first to capture a hybrid discipline that studies the role and linguistic implications of the human mind in language learning and teaching. This Handbook considers individual as well as collective factors in language learners and teachers from an array of new empirical constructs and theoretical perspectives, including implications for practice and “myths, debates, and disagreements” in the field, and points to future directions for research. This collection of stellar contributions is an essential resource for researchers, advanced students, and teachers working in applied linguistics, second language acquisition, psychology, and education.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part 1: Perspectives on psychology

  1. The cognitive approach- Yuichi Suzuki
  2. Sociocultural theory – Remi Van Compernolle
  3. The humanistic approach – Jane Arnold and Jose Manuel Foncubierta


  5. The complex dynamic approach – Elizabeth Hepford
  6. Positive psychology – Peter MacIntyre and Samantha Ayers-Glassey
  7. Psycholinguistics – Simone E. Pfenninger and Julia Festman
  8. Part 2: Constructs: Teacher and Learner Psychologies

  9. Identity – Ron Darvin and Bonny Norton
  10. Self-efficacy – Kay Irie
  11. Personality – Jean-Marc Dewaele
  12. Motivation – Christine Muir
  13. Engagement – Hayo Reinders & Sachiko Nakamura
  14. Attitudes and beliefs –Amy Thompson
  15. Attributions and mindsets – Xijia Zhang, Nigel Mantou Lou, Kimberly A. Noels and Lia M. Daniels
  16. Emotions – Rebecca Oxford
  17. Wellbeing – Kyle Talbot
  18. Resilience – Phil Hiver and Ana Clara Sanchez Solarte
  19. Self-regulation – Isobel Wang
  20. Vision and goal self-concordance – Alastair Henry
  21. Autonomy and agency – Paula Kalaja and Maria Ruohotie-Lyhty
  22. Willingness to communicate in an L2 – Tomoko Yashima
  23. Part 3: Groups and Communities

  24. Teacher-learner relationships – Christina Gkonou
  25. Group dynamics – Tim Murphey, Yoshifumi Fukada, Tetsuya Fukuda and Joseph Falout
  26. Culture and Intercultural Communication – Tony Johnstone Young, Sara Ganassin and Alina Schartner
  27. Social interaction – Jim King and Sam Morris
  28. Prosocial behaviour and social justice – M. Matilde Olivero
  29. Part 4: Myths, Debates, and Disagreements

  30. Trait and state perspectives on individual difference research – Kata Cszier and Agnes Albert
  31. The social/cognitive Split – Anne Feryok
  32. The mind-body split – Steven G. McCafferty
  33. What counts as evidence? –Yasser Teimouri, Ekaterina Sudina and Luke Plonsky
  34. Language aptitudes – Zhisheng (Edward) Wen
  35. Psychology of learning vs acquisition – Miroslaw Pawlak

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Tammy Gregersen is Professor of TESOL at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

Sarah Mercer is Professor of Foreign Language Teaching and Head of ELT at the University of Graz, Austria.