Date: 31-Aug-2005 From: Elizabeth Gangeri <Elizabeth.Gangerierlbaum.com> Subject: The Psychology of the Language Learner: Dörnyei
Title: The Psychology of the Language Learner
Subtitle: Individual Differences in Second Language Acquisition
Series Title: A Volume in The Second Language Acquisition Research Series
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Author: Zoltán Dörnyei, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Hardback: ISBN: 0805847294 Pages: 288 Price: U.S. $ 69.95
Research results over the past decades have consistently demonstrated that a key reason why many second language learners fail--while some learners do better with less effort--lies in various learner attributes such as personality traits, motivation, or language aptitude. In psychology, these attributes have traditionally been called "individual differences." The scope of individual learner differences is broad--ranging from creativity to learner styles and anxiety--yet there is no current, comprehensive, and unified volume that provides an overview of the considerable amount of research conducted on various language learner differences, until now.