Motivation is a vital element in learning, and the most commonly
cited explanation for success or failure in language learning. Jill
Hadfield and Zoltan Dornyei present a new theory of motivation
centred around the notion of the " Ideal Future Language Self,"
arguing that if students have a rich and inspiring vision of
themselves as successful future language learners and users, they
will be motivated to work hard to actualise the vision and become
- integrates the latest research in language teaching with
innovative classroom practice
- offers suggestions on how the various components of the theory
could be structured into a teaching sequence
- includes a variety of imaginative classroom activities
designed to aid both student and teacher in creating and
actualising the Ideal Self through visualisation, goal setting,
task identification and planning, and a selection of appropriate
- shows how teachers can undertake motivation-related research
in their own classrooms.
This is an ideal guide to and activity book for the theory and
practice of motivation in language learning for students and
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