Languages in a Global World

Learning for Better Cultural Understanding

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The rise of globalisation makes language competencies more valuable, both at individual and societal levels. This book examines the links between globalisation and the way we teach and learn languages. It begins by asking why some individuals are more successful than others at learning non-native languages, and why some education systems, or countries, are more successful than others at teaching languages.

The book comprises chapters by different authors on the subject of language learning. There are chapters on the role of motivation; the way that languages, cultures and identities are interconnected; the insights that neuroscience provides; migrants, their education and opportunities to learn languages; language learning and teaching in North America; and new approaches to language learning.


Motivational theories on language learning

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

This chapter presents motivational theories beneficial for language learning with examples from author’s experience to illustrate implications of theories. Four theories are presented in this chapter; stimulus appraisal, motivation and attention, self-determination, and mindset theories. Stimulus-appraisal theory explains how a person creates value system and how it relates to language learning motivation. Motivation and attention topic illustrates how stress and attention affect motivation in language learners, while self-determination theory suggests the importance of intrinsic motivation in language learning and how educators can positively influence learners’ intrinsic motivation. Lastly, mindset theory shows how fixed and growth mindsets towards own abilities can help or hinder language learning. These theories provide us with useful implications for improving motivation in language learners.


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