The Palgrave Handbook of Motivation for Language Learning

  • Martin Lamb
  • Kata Csizér
  • Alastair Henry
  • Stephen Ryan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Martin Lamb, Kata Csizér, Alastair Henry, Stephen Ryan
    Pages 1-17
  3. Theoretical Approaches to L2 Motivation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Kata Csizér
      Pages 71-93
    3. Kimberly A. Noels, Nigel Mantou Lou, Dayuma I. Vargas Lascano, Kathryn E. Chaffee, Ali Dincer, Ying Shan Doris Zhang et al.
      Pages 95-115
    4. Phil Hiver, Mostafa Papi
      Pages 117-137
    5. Stephen Ryan
      Pages 163-182
    6. Peter D. MacIntyre, Jessica Ross, Richard Clément
      Pages 183-202
    7. Tomoko Yashima
      Pages 203-223
    8. Odilia Yim, Richard Clément, Peter D. MacIntyre
      Pages 225-244
    9. Ron Darvin
      Pages 245-264
  4. L2 Motivation in Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Judit Kormos, James Wilby
      Pages 267-286
    3. Martin Lamb
      Pages 287-305
    4. Yoshifumi Fukada, Joseph Falout, Tetsuya Fukuda, Tim Murphey
      Pages 307-325
    5. Christine Muir
      Pages 327-346
  5. Contexts of L2 Motivation

  6. Shifting Horizons in L2 Motivation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 535-535
    2. Nigel Mantou Lou, Kimberly A. Noels
      Pages 537-559
    3. Ali H. Al-Hoorie
      Pages 561-578
    4. Katalin Piniel, Ágnes Albert
      Pages 579-597
    5. Alastair Henry, Martin Lamb
      Pages 599-619
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 683-697

About this book


This handbook offers an authoritative, one-stop reference work for the dynamic and expanding field of language learning motivation. The 32 chapters have been specially commissioned from the field’s most influential researchers and writers. Together they present a compelling picture of the motivations people have for learning languages, the diverse ways we can research motivation, and the implications for promoting and sustaining learners’ motivation. The first section outlines the main theoretical approaches to language learning motivation; the next section presents ways in which motivation theory has been applied in practice; the third section showcases examples of motivation research in particular contexts and with particular types of language learners; and the final section describes the exciting directions that contemporary research is taking, promising important new insights for academics and practitioners alike. 

Martin Lamb is Senior Lecturer in TESOL at the University of Leeds, UK. He previously worked as a language teacher and trainer in Sweden, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Bulgaria. His main research interest is in language learner motivation and how it interacts with features of context like teaching in school. 


Kata Csizér is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of English and Applied Linguistics at Eötvös University, Hungary. Her main field of research interest is the social psychological aspects of L2 learning and teaching, as well as second and foreign language motivation. 


Alastair Henry is Professor of Language Education at University West, Sweden. His research involves the psychology of language learning and teaching. In addition to motivation, his work has focused on teacher identities and language choices in contexts of migration.


Stephen Ryan is Professor of Applied Linguistics in the School of Culture, Media and Society at Waseda University, Japan. His research covers various aspects of psychology in language learning, and he has several co-authored books in the field.  


L2 Socio-educational model Emotions Self-determination theory Communication Classroom dynamics Teaching strategies Content and Language Integrated Learning Pluralingualism Demotivation Multilingualism Sign language Positive psychology Resilience Technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Lamb
    • 1
  • Kata Csizér
    • 2
  • Alastair Henry
    • 3
  • Stephen Ryan
    • 4
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.Faculty of HumanitiesEötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary
  3. 3.Department of Social and Behavioural StudiesUniversity WestTrollhättanSweden
  4. 4.School of Culture, Media and SocietyWaseda UniversityTokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-28379-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-28380-3
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