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Katarina Mentzelopoulos

Research Student,


Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (full-time) - currently registered

Research Topic

Reconceptualising the motivational complexity behind multilingual learning

Research Summary

Previous research into the motivation to learn multiple languages has focused on one language system at a time, or on binary (positive/negative) effects between motivation for each language. My project instead takes a mixed-methods approach to holistically explore the process of simultaneous language learning with a focus on identifying practical strategies/solutions for understanding and sustaining the multiple language learning process.

Beyond my PhD project, I am also interested in multilingualism, the negotiation of different identities within language learning, and the psychology of exceptional language learning. Prior to my return to research, I taught English as a foreign language in Tokyo, Japan, and worked in academic publishing at the University of Chicago Press. Most recently, I have just wrapped up a project with the late Prof. Zoltán Dörnyei exploring the life narratives of exceptional language learners, which resulted in two volumes published in 2022 (see below).

Research Supervisors

Dr Christine Muir

Dr Jim King

Prior supervisor: Prof Zoltán Dörnyei

Primary Funding Source

ESRC Doctoral Training Pathway 1+3


Conference Papers & Presentations

  • Mentzelopoulos, K., & Dörnyei, Z. Facilitative learner characteristics underpinning exceptionally successful SLA: Results from learners with 'near-native' LX proficiency. AAAL, March 2022.

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