The Psychology of the Language Learner

The Psychology of the Language Learner

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Research results over the past decades have consistently demonstrated that a key reason why many second language learners fail--while some learners do better with less effort--lies in various learner attributes such as personality traits, motivation, or language aptitude. In psychology, these attributes have traditionally been called qindividual differences.q The scope of individual learner differences is broad--ranging from creativity to learner styles and anxiety--yet there is no current, comprehensive, and unified volume that provides an overview of the considerable amount of research conducted on various language learner differences, until now. Each chapter in this new volume focuses on a different individual difference variable. Besides a review of the relevant second language literature, ZoltAin DAprnyei presents a concise overview of the psychological research involving each topic. A key concern for the author has been to define the various learner factors as measurable constructs and therefore the discussion includes a summary of the most famous tests and questionnaires in each domain. A wide range of readers will benefit from this book--students in linguistics, applied linguistics, modern languages, and psychology programs; second language teachers participating in in-service training courses; and researchers in second language acquisition and psychology.Twoof thebest known ones, RidingAls Cognitive Styles Analysis (CSA) and KolbAl s Learning Style Inventory (LSI), are ... In the history of physics, for example, we find several examples when a theory was proposed well beforethe adequate measuring ... When itcomes tocognitive and learning styles, currentlywe knowonly of two established ways ofassessing them: either by relying on the learnersAlown self-anbsp;...

Title:The Psychology of the Language Learner
Author: Zoltán Dörnyei
Publisher:Routledge - 2014-04-04

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