Contemporary Language Motivation Theory 60 Years Since Gardner and Lambert (1959) Edited by: Ali H. Al-Hoorie, Peter D. MacIntyre

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30 Nov 2019
Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching
Multilingual Matters
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This book brings together contributions from the leaders of the language learning motivation field. The varied chapters demonstrate how Gardner’s work remains integral to a diverse range of contemporary theoretical issues underlying the psychology of language, even today, 60 years after the publication of Gardner and Lambert’s seminal 1959 paper. The chapters cover a wide selection of topics related to applied linguistics, second language acquisition, social psychology, sociology, methodology and historical issues. The book advances thinking on cutting-edge topics in these diverse areas, providing a wealth of information for both students and established scholars that show the continuing and future importance of Gardner and Lambert’s ideas.


Anyone seeking an up-to-date assessment of sixty years of motivation research since Gardner and Lambert’s (1959) ground-breaking proposal for a social-educational model will find in this volume a treasure trove of theoretical, empirical, and methodological insights, made all the richer by critical, dialogic engagement alongside personal reminiscences by top researchers in the field.

- Heidi Byrnes, Georgetown University, USA

Author Biography:

Ali H. Al-Hoorie is an Assistant Professor at the English Language Institute, Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. He completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham under the supervision of Professors Zoltán Dörnyei and Norbert Schmitt. His publications have appeared in a number of journals, and he is the co-author (with Phil Hiver) of Research Methods for Complexity in Applied Linguistics (Multilingual Matters, 2020).

Peter D. MacIntyre is Professor of Psychology at Cape Breton University, Canada. His research examines emotion, motivation and cognition across a variety of types of behavior, including interpersonal communication, public speaking, dynamic systems, and learning. He has published several books, including Motivational Dynamics in Language Learning (co-edited with Zoltán Dörnyei and Alastair Henry).

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Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate

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