Stimulating Student Interest in Language Learning

Theory, Research and Practice

  • Tan Bee Tin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Interest: Definitions and Theories

  3. Exploring the Interest Construct with Reference to Second Language Learning/Teaching

  4. Stimulating Student Interest in Language Learning: Applying Theory and Research to Inform Teaching and Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Tan Bee Tin
      Pages 317-321
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 323-329

About this book


This book explores the issues and concerns many language teachers have in not just helping able students to learn a foreign or second language but more importantly how to get reluctant learners to become interested in language learning. Tin proposes ‘interest’ as an important construct that requires investigation if we are to understand second language learning experiences in a modern globalised world. The book offers both theoretical explorations and empirical findings arising from the author’s own research in the field. Chapters demonstrate how various theoretical and empirical findings can be applied to practice so as to raise the awareness of the importance of interest in language learning and teaching. For teacher trainers and educators, researchers, and practising language teachers, this comprehensive study provides tools to stimulate student interest in language learning for successful language learning.

Tan Bee Tin started her career as an English language teacher in Myanmar/Burma. She has widely published in international journals (e.g. Applied Linguistics, Language Teaching Research, ELT Journal), focusing on language learning and teaching in peripheral contexts and the role of interest and creativity in language learning and teaching.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Tan Bee Tin
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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