Aligning positive psychology with language learning motivation
The Palgrave Handbook of Motivation for Language Learning
This chapter examines motivation in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) using a positive psychology (PP) lens. It begins by describing the inroads already traveled in SLA by researchers and practitioners in PP and subsequently describes PERMA, a model of well-being proposed by Seligman (The original theory: Authentic happiness, 2011), in which he suggests that positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment are fundamental components of an individual’s happiness. The chapter supports the position that PERMA adds insight into ways we can encourage learners’ efforts to initiate L2 learning and sustain the driving force necessary to become proficient.
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Gregersen, Tammy, "Aligning positive psychology with language learning motivation" (2020). Faculty Publications. 406.