Motivation for Formal Learning of Multiple Languages

  • Amy S. ThompsonEmail author


This chapter is an overview of motivation and multilingualism, as it pertains to the field of Applied Linguistics. Using the L2 motivational self system (L2MSS) as the motivational framework, several key issues related to the intersection of multilingualism and motivation are discussed. For example, dynamicity, cultural interest, order of acquisition, English versus languages other than English, number of selves, the importance of context, and pedagogical implications are all themes covered in this chapter. Additionally, new directions for research in this area, such as the anti-ought-to self, Perceived Positive Language Interaction, and the multilingual self, are also introduced. The chapter concludes with a call for further research in the area of motivation and multilingualism in order to more fully understand the language acquisition process.


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  1. 1.West Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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