Motivational Group Dynamics in SLA: The Interpersonal Interaction Imperative

  • Yoshifumi Fukada
  • Joseph Falout
  • Tetsuya Fukuda
  • Tim Murphey


This chapter explores in four parts how group dynamics contribute to the motivation and learning of foreign languages inside and outside classrooms. The first part covers basic elements of group dynamics and their connections to the subject of motivation in SLA. The second part describes insights from research into group dynamics from SLA, which brings some important kernels of understanding to date. The third part highlights progressive research methods now entering SLA that can be useful for researching group dynamics. In the fourth part, the discussion moves from research to practice, with suggestions that can help teachers and learners engage all classroom members more frequently and more meaningfully in the processes of learning together, bolstering their motivational group dynamics through the interpersonal interaction imperative.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshifumi Fukada
    • 1
  • Joseph Falout
    • 2
  • Tetsuya Fukuda
    • 3
  • Tim Murphey
    • 4
  1. 1.Meisei UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Nihon UniversityTokyoJapan
  3. 3.International Christian UniversityTokyoJapan
  4. 4.Kanda University of International StudiesChibaJapan

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