The Psychology of the Language Learner: Individual by Zoltán Dörnyei

By Zoltán Dörnyei

Examine effects during the last many years have continually validated key the reason is, many moment language newbies fail--while a few inexperienced persons do higher with much less effort--lies in a number of learner attributes comparable to character features, motivation, or language flair. In psychology, those attributes have often been known as "individual differences." The scope of person learner changes is broad--ranging from creativity to learner kinds and anxiety--yet there's no present, entire, and unified quantity that offers an summary of the massive quantity of study carried out on numerous language learner variations, beforehand. each one bankruptcy during this new quantity makes a speciality of a distinct person distinction variable. in addition to a overview of the correct moment language literature, Zolt?n D?rnyei offers a concise evaluate of the mental examine concerning every one subject. A key challenge for the writer has been to outline many of the learner elements as measurable constructs and accordingly the dialogue incorporates a precis of the main well-known checks and questionnaires in each one area. quite a lot of readers will take advantage of this book--students in linguistics, utilized linguistics, glossy languages, and psychology courses; moment language lecturers engaging in in-service education classes; and researchers in moment language acquisition and psychology.

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I argued that one reason for not obtaining strong and consistent results has been the wide variation in the research methodologies applied in terms of learning targets, achievement measures, types of treatment, etc. across studies. A second reason is that many researchers may not have asked 30 THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE LANGUAGE LEARNER the right questions when trying to test personality–achievement contingencies. Although there does not seem to be a powerful direct link between personality traits and holistic learning outcomes (as measured, for example, by proficiency test scores), if we conceptualize ‘learning’ in a more situated and process-oriented manner, personality variables can shed light on several subprocesses.

14). ’ There are, however, some basic differences between the two constructs. First, because the PLAB does not include any memory component, this is completely missing from Pimsleur’s theoretical conceptualization. Second, although it was Carroll who identified the ‘inductive learning ability’ component, the MLAT only measures it indirectly whereas the PLAB specifically targets this component. Third, Pimsleur conceived language learning ability in a broader sense than did Carroll by including motivation as one of the constituents.

The Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT), the Pimsleur Language Aptitude Battery (PLAB), and the Underlying Theoretical Constructs Ever since the MLAT and the PLAB were introduced, language aptitude has been equated in most research studies with the scores of one of these (or some other, similar) tests and the tacit understanding in the L2 research community has been that language aptitude is what language aptitude tests measure. Although such a pragmatic test-based definition might appear rather unscientific, the fact is that the study of cognitive abilities has often been characterized in the past by such an atheoretical and assessment-based approach in psychology.

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