L2 Motivation and Investment

  • Ron DarvinEmail author


Located within distinct epistemological terrains, investment and motivation are complementary theories that examine the extent to which individuals are able to engage with and commit to L2 learning. While motivation originates from social psychology, investment is a sociological construct that signals how the relationship of learners to a target language is historically and culturally constructed. Investment draws attention to how an individual’s commitment to the goals, practices, and identities that constitute the learning process is continually negotiated in different ideological contexts and relations of power. By providing details from one case study, this chapter demonstrates how investment and motivation highlight distinct issues and pose different research questions. While recent theorizations of the two constructs diverge at specific points, this chapter concludes with how investment and motivation continue to enrich each other as they illumine the conditions of language learning in congruent ways.


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  1. 1.The Chinese University of Hong KongHong KongChina

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