Why am I doing this? Maintaining motivation in distance language learning

Murphy, Linda (2011). Why am I doing this? Maintaining motivation in distance language learning. In: Lamb, Terrry; Murray, Garold and Gao, Xuesong eds. Identity, Motivation and Autonomy In Language Learning. Bristol, U.K., Tonawanda, NY, U.S.A. and North York, Ontatio, Canada: Multilingual Matters, pp. 107–124.

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In this volume researchers from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America employ a variety of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches in their exploration of the links between identity, motivation, and autonomy in language learning. On a conceptual level the authors explore issues related to agency, metacognition, imagination, beliefs, and self. The book also addresses practice in classroom, self-access, and distance education contexts, considering topics such as teachers’ views on motivation, plurilingual learning, sustaining motivation in distance education, pop culture and gaming, study abroad, and the role of agency and identity in the motivation of pre-service teachers. The book concludes with a discussion of how an approach which sees identity, motivation, and autonomy as interrelated constructs has the potential to inform theory, practice and future research directions in the field of language teaching and learning.

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