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Directed Motivational Currents: Extending the Theory of L2 Vision

  • Alastair HenryEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter introduces the idea of directed motivational currents (DMCs), and maps out the conceptual antecedents. Explaining how the construct is an extension of Dörnyei’s theory of L2 vision, it describes the components and phenomenology of DMCs. It explains how DMCs differ from peak experiences of optimal functioning conceptualized in Csikszentmihalyi’s theory of flow, how energy is directed by a self-concordant goal coupled with a matching vision of success, and how in a DMC conscious self-regulation is unnecessary. The chapter explains how DMCs can function at individual and group levels. In light of research findings, the validity of the construct is examined. The chapter explains how the DMC construct provides a template for understanding enduring motivation, and a framework for focused interventions in language classrooms.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, University WestTrollhättanSweden

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