Motivation in Second Language Learning: A Historical Overview and Its Relevance in a Public High School in Pasto, Colombia

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Mario Guerrero


Motivation has a significant role in the process of language learning. It is important to understand its theoretical evolution in this field to be able to consider its relevance in the learning and teaching of a foreign language. Motivation is a term that is commonly used among language teachers and language learners but perhaps many are not aware of the different theories related to this topic and their teaching implications. This essay is an attempt to understand motivation over the past forty years in the different theories associated with language acquisition. Finally, there is a personal comment on motivation and its relevance at a public high school in Pasto, Colombia.

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Guerrero, M. (2015). Motivation in Second Language Learning: A Historical Overview and Its Relevance in a Public High School in Pasto, Colombia. HOW, 22(1), 95–106.
Reflections and Revision of Themes
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Mario Guerrero, University of Leicester, Leicester

Mario Guerrero holds a Masters in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Leicester (UK) and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Fordham University (USA). He has taught English as a Second Language and Spanish in British and American Universities as well as English as a Foreign Language in a Colombian university. His research interests are related to language and gender, male written and spoken discourse analysis.


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