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L2 Selves and Motivations in Asian Contexts

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Contributor Information Preface 1. Terry Fellner, Matthew Apple and Dexter Da Silva: Language Learning Motivation in Asia: Selves within Systems 2. Peter Gobel, Than Siew Ming and Setsuko Mori: Revisiting Studies on Causal Attribution and Self-Efficacy in ESL/EFL Contexts: Toward an Alternative Model 3. Tae-Young Kim: The Theoretical Interface Between Complex Dynamic Systems Theory And Sociocultural Theory In L2 (De)Motivation: A Qualitative Investigation 4. Huang Hung-Tzu and Chen I-Ling: L2 Selves in Motivation to Learn English as a Foreign Language: The Case Of Taiwanese Adolescents 5. Chen Szu-An: Fluctuation of L2 Motivation and Possible Causes: Taiwanese EFL Learners 6. Marcos Y. Lopez and Richard Gonzales: Examining the Relationship between Foreign Language Learning Motivation and Critical Thinking Motivation: The Case of Filipino Foreign Language Learners 7. Michiko Ueki and Osamu Takeuchi: The Impact of SA Experience on the Affective Changes Related To L2 Motivation: A Qualitative Study of the Processes of Change 8. Mingyue (Michelle) Gu And Xiaoyuan (Doris) Qu: The Discursive Construction Of College English Learners' Motivation In China 9. Amol Padwad and Krishna Dixit: Teacher Classroom Behavior and Teacher Motivation 10. Qian-Mei Zhang: Research On Second Language Teacher Motivation from a Vygotskyian Activity Theory Perspective: A Case Study of Two Novice English Teachers in China 11. Martin Lamb, Sri Puji Astuti and Nilawati Hadisantosa: What Motivates Indonesians to Study English? Learners' and Teachers' Views 12. Nathanael Rudolph: Beyond Essentialism: Apprehending 'Identity' and 'Motivation' Through A Poststructural Lens 13. Matthew Apple and Dexter Da Silva: Language Learning Motivation in Asia: Current Trajectory and Possible Future Index

About the Author

Matthew T. Apple is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Ritsumeikan University, Japan. His research interests include individual differences in SLA, intercultural communication and educational statistics. Together with Dexter Da Silva and Terry Fellner, he is co-editor of Language Learning Motivation in Japan (2013, Multilingual Matters). Dexter Da Silva is Professor in the Department of Psychology and Horticulture at Keisen University, Japan. His research interests include student motivation, identity development and trust and classroom dynamics. Terry Fellner is Associate Professor in the Center for General Education at Saga University, Japan. His research interests include vocabulary acquisition, outdoor language learning and L2 reading.


A timely and highly ambitious work highlighting the value of situating theory and research in specific educational situations. Hopefully, this book will serve as an inspiration to educators and researchers across Asia, encouraging them to develop their own original, independent voices, less concerned with conforming to ideas emerging from elsewhere. Stephen Ryan, Waseda University, Japan This edited volume is testimony to the significance of L2 motivation in all the diversity of learning contexts and teaching approaches. The chapters represent a variety of voices and perspectives, aiming to fulfil the editors' intention to 'provoke, influence, and give rise to future studies in other subsystems of L2 motivation in SLA'. There is something precious for every practitioner and scholar in this collection. Zoltan Dornyei, University of Nottingham, UK This rich, diverse collection of chapters offers an excellent socially situated but yet universal perspective on SLA motivation and self-related research. It will be invaluable for scholars across the globe raising fascinating questions about key contemporary approaches to both teacher and learner motivation. It represents a veritable treasure-trove of scholarship to reflect upon. Sarah Mercer, University of Graz, Austria

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