Motivation has always been considered one of the most important factors in the process of teaching and learning a foreign language, and it is equally crucial for learners and for teachers. Researchers have tried to characterise motivation, and have identified the differences and similarities between external and internal motivation and worked hard at enhancing motivation inside and outside the classroom. We at APAC have discussed and problematised such issues in past Conventions.

    In many respects, the sources available since the 1980s (R.C.Gardner 1985, Dornyei 2001, amongst others) perceived as useful and relevant, have informed activities and work in our EFL classrooms. However, for the past ten years, a growing feeling of discontent has emerged, not only due to the difficulties of catering for the diversity of needs in our classrooms but also to the challenges of meeting as members of an increasingly besieged profession. Some motivating activities are perceived as “entertaining but not really relevant to curriculum objectives or content” and both teachers and learners seem to be in need of a “shake up”.

    This is why APAC has decided on this topic for the 2015 Convention. Fully aware that the dynamics of motivation are complex, and include biological, emotional, social, and cognitive forces that drive behavior, we think it is time to look at current research on motivation within the framework of innovation (Valerie Hannon, Dörnyei. Z., MacIntyre, P., & Henry, A. (Eds.) 2014), and also at the powerful approach which builds on the concept of engagement, in really organizing classrooms and projects which illustrate learning by doing and are centred on the learners.

    We are working hard to get the best speakers for the 2015 Convention, and we encourage our members to come to the Universitat Pompeu Fabra next February and share their thoughts and ideas.