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Motivational persistence in multiple language learning: Identities, vision, and goal self-concordance (Cambridge Distinguished Lecture on Second Language Learning and Teaching 2021-2022)

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Abstract

Endurance is crucial to success in language learning. Along the often long road to fluency, diversions, hurdles, and setbacks can be many. When proficiency in more than one language is the aim, obstacles can easily multiply. With particular reference to the goals and identities of people who set out on the long-haul process of developing skills in more than one second language, and drawing on Zoltán Dörnyei’s recent work on L2 perseverance (Dörnyei, 2020; Dörnyei & Henry, in press), I will present and describe a multifaceted framework that seeks to explain long-term motivation and motivational persistence.

Bio

Alastair Henry is Professor of Language Education at University West, Sweden, and a member of the cross-disciplinary ‘Language Acquisition, Multilingualism and Teaching’ research platform at the University of Lund. His PhD (from the University of Gothenburg) focused on L3 motivation, and he is the author of a number of articles and book chapters on motivation and multilingualism.

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