1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of the Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching

Edited By Tammy Gregersen, Sarah Mercer Copyright 2022
    446 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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

    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


    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.