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.
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”.
is why APAC has decided on this topic for the 2015 Convention. Fully
aware that the dynamics
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 http://www.innovationunit.org/our-people/our-staff/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.
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.