Motivation and Flow

  • Katalin PinielEmail author
  • Ágnes Albert


This chapter explores possible connections between flow and motivation and suggests expanding the motivation research agenda in SLA. The flow experience is defined as “the holistic sensation that people feel when they act with total involvement” (Csíkszentmihályi, Beyond boredom and anxiety: Experiencing flow in work and play. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, [1975] 2000, p. 36), which typically accompanies an activity that people perform for its own sake and for enjoyment. The chapter begins with an overview of flow theory and its links with motivation. Then, by following up on issues in mainstream education research (including collective flow experiences and flow in classrooms), ideas for the application of flow theory in language learning contexts are presented. The final section in the chapter discusses how already existing SLA research frameworks can serve as fertile ground for investigating flow experiences in language learning.


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  1. 1.Eötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary

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