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Zoltán Dörnyei

Professor of Psycholinguistics, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

_MA PhD (Budapest)

Originally coming from Hungary, I have been living in the UK since 1998 and have been working at Nottingham University since 2000.

My personal website, http://www.zoltandornyei.co.uk, contains many of my publications in a DOWNLOADABLE form.

Expertise Summary

My primary research interest is the nature and impact of motivation within the broad domain of second language acquisition. I have also conducted research on other psychological issues affecting the language learning process, and have written two books on research methodology.

My secondary research interest concerns the interrelationship of faith and second language acquisition, and I have also done some more general work on biblical interpretation.

  • Outreach and Public Engagement

I regularly conduct teacher training seminars and workshops, and over the past two decades I have given presentations at international conferences for language teachers in over a dozen countries.

Teaching Summary

In my teaching I draw on a combination of linguistic and psychological theories to explain various aspects of learning and teaching English as a second language.

  • Undergraduate modules taught

I am involved in the team-taught first-year module, Language and Context.

  • Postgraduate modules taught

Most of my teaching is at the postgraduate level. In our MA courses I am offering two modules, one on research methodology, the other on group dynamics and motivation. I also have a large group of PhD students specializing in various aspects of the psychology of second language acquisition.

Research Summary

Currently I am most interested in the dynamic changes in learners' motivational disposition. I have been using Complex Dynamic Systems Theory to conceptualize individual differences in a situated and… read more

I am interested in supervising students in areas that are at the interface of psychology and linguistics, with a specific focus on the acquisition and use of foreign languages. Some topics that my current PhD students are working on include:

  • The L2 Motivational Self System
  • The motivational impact of using sacred texts in TEFL
  • Motivation and materials design
  • The relationship between emotion and motivation in instructed second language acquisition
  • Language teacher motivation
  • Motivational dynamics in SLA
  • Directed Motivational Currents (DMCs) in long-term language learning behaviour
  • Agency and motivation in SLA

Current Research

Currently I am most interested in the dynamic changes in learners' motivational disposition. I have been using Complex Dynamic Systems Theory to conceptualize individual differences in a situated and temporarily evolving manner. My second current research area is the examination of "vision" (including imagery) and its role in motivating long-term action.

DOWNLOADABLE PUBLICATIONS - please click on this link for a list of my publications, many of which are downloadable.

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