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Attitudes, Orientations, and Motivations in Language Learning: Advances in Theory, Research, and Applications

Zoltan Dornyei (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-1116-4
220 pages
April 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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Motivation is one of the key learner characteristics that determine the rate and success of language learning. This volume addresses motivation in language learning - motives associated with certain features of the language, the language learner, and the learning situation.

  • Discusses and dissects the intriguingly complex characteristic of motivation in the process of language learning.

  • Explores recent developments and the most important research directions in the field, including a selection of data-based studies by some of the best-known motivation researchers.
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  1. Attitudes, Orientations, and Motivations in Language Learning: Advances in Theory, Research, and Applications: Zoltán Dörnyei.
  2. Why Are You Learning a Second Language? Motivational Orientations and Self-Determination Theory (Language Learning, 2000, 50/1, 57-85): Kimberly A. Noels, Luc G. Pelletier, Richard Clément and Robert J. Vallerand.
  3. The Role of Gender and Immersion in Communication and Second Language Orientations (Language Learning, 2000, 50/2, 311-341): Susan C. Baker and Peter D. MacIntyre.
  4. Learning Spanish as a Second Language: Learners’ Orientations and Perceptions of Their Teachers’ Communication Style (Language Learning, 2001, 51/1, 107-144): Kimberly A. Noels.
  5. Sex and Age Effects on Willingness to Communicate, Anxiety, Perceived Competence, and L2 Motivation Among Junior High School French Immersion Students (Language Learning, 2002, 52/3, 537-564): Peter D. MacIntyre, Susan C. Baker, Richard Clément and Leslie A. Donovan.
  6. Attitudes, Motivation, and Second Language Learning: A Meta-Analysis of Studies Conducted by Gardner and Associates (Language Learning, 2003, 53/1): Anne-Marie Masgoret and Robert C. Gardner.
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Zoltán Dörnyei (PhD in psycholinguistics, Eötvös University, Budapest) is currently Reader/Associate Professor in the School of English Studies, University of Nottingham, where he is also Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics. He has published over 50 academic papers on various aspects of second language acquisition and language teaching methodology, and is the author of several books, including Interpersonal Dynamics in Second Language Education: The Visible and Invisible Classroom ( 1998, Sage Publisher; co-authored with Madeline Ehrman), Teaching and Researching Motivation (2001, Longman), Motivational Strategies in the Language Classroom (2001, Cambridge University Press) and Questionnaires in Second Language Research: Construction, Administration, and Processing (2002, Lawrence Erlbaum).
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  • Discusses and dissects the intriguingly complex characteristic of motivation in the process of language learning.
  • Explores recent developments and the most important research directions in the field, including a selection of data-based studies by some of the best-known motivation researchers.
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"This book provides a comprehensive overview of the evolution of motivational theories and recent research developments and directions, reporting on studies that represent the 'cutting-edge' in the field ... well-structured, well-written and well-edited." Language Awareness
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