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The role of motivation in learning foreign languages: towards a global self-identity – a literature analysis

Marta Łockiewicz

Current Issues in Personality Psychology, 7(2), 81–90
Online publish date: 2019/04/16
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Multilingualism creates possibilities of personal growth, which influences the sense of self-esteem and self-identity. This paper reviews topics related to its impact on the activity of the individual. The relationship between L2 (understood both as a second and/or a foreign language, with a focus on learning English as a foreign language) linguistic achievement, motivation, intercul-tural competence, and the development of L2 identity depending on foreign language speaking skills are discussed. Some learn-ers aspire to acquire a “bicultural” identity, which involves 2 versions of the learner: 1) a usually English-speaking, globally involved one, and 2) a local L1-speaking self. Therefore, classroom instruction should include teaching materials focused on the L2 culture, and respect students’ aspirations for personal development through foreign language education. Moreover, the stu-dents should have control over their own learning, which could be achieved by promoting oracy, student-centred instruction and cooperative learning.
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motivation; self-regulation; foreign languages; global self-identity

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