Language learner motivation, where it’s been and where it’s going


  • Yvonne Sewell



motivation, language learners, engagement, visualisation, L2, EAL, self-determination, L2MSS


Since 2005 there has been a surge in empirical and theoretical research in second language (L2) motivation. This phenomenon has been quantified as the equivalent of one paper being published every twenty-two days in 2005, and one paper every five days in 2014 (Boo, Dörnyei, & Ryan, 2015). This unprecedented boom is still on an incline, meriting the unique domain status of L2 motivation (Boo et al., 2015). This paper will give an overview of previous research in L2 motivation, discuss if such claims are still valid twenty-two years later, and discuss developments in the L2 motivation regarding engagement and visualisation.


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Author Biography

Yvonne Sewell

Yvonne Sewell has been working in the field of language learning since 2012. Originally from the UK, she has worked at schools in South Korea and China, where she currently lives and works. She has completed her MSc in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching at the University of Oxford, and focuses on language learner motivation amongst adolescents. Email:


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How to Cite

Sewell, Y. (2022). Language learner motivation, where it’s been and where it’s going. Journal of Language Teaching, 2(2), 1–6.