Books and edited volumes

Dörnyei, Z., & Ushioda, E. (in press). Teaching and researching motivation (3rd ed.). Harlow: Longman.(A completely revised and extended version of the 2011 book, covering both the theory and practice of L2 motivation as well as the main methods of researching it.)

Mercer, S., & Dörnyei, Z. (2020). Engaging language learners in contemporary classrooms. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(A practical and accessible summary of how teachers can engage their learners amongst the plethora of distractions that students face in contemporary classrooms.)

Dörnyei, Z. (2020). Innovations and challenges in language learning motivation. London: Routledge.

(An overview of contemporary challenges and innovations in L2 motivation, based on an extensive review of the latest psychological and SLA literature, also including novel topics such as mental time travel, ego depletion, psychological momentum and psychological passion.)

Dörnyei, Z., Henry, A., & Muir, C. (2016). Motivational currents in language learning: Frameworks for focused interventions. New York: Routledge.

(A detailed description of the new theory of "Directed Motivational Currents" - DMCs - with plenty of classroom illustrations and practical suggestions.)

Dörnyei. Z., & Ryan, S. (2015). The psychology of the language learner revisited. New York: Routledge.

(A comprehensive revision of the 2005 book, taking a new theoretical angle to the understanding of individual differences.)

Dörnyei. Z., MacIntyre, P., & Henry, A. (Eds.) (2015). Motivational dynamics in language learning. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. (Reprinted by the Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press in 2016.)

(A collection of 23 papers - 11 conceptual summaries and 12 empirical studies - exploring the dynamics of L2 motivation through applying the principles of complex dynamic systems theory.)


Arnold, J., Dörnyei. Z., & Pugliese, C. (2015). The Principled Communicative Approach: Seven criteria for success. London: Helbling.

(A collection of 75 classroom activities in a 'recipe book' format following the communicative principles described in Dörnyei, 2013 - see under "Chapters in edited volumes".)

Dörnyei, Z., & Kubanyiova, M. (2014). Motivating learners, motivating teachers: Building vision in the language classroom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Republished in China by the Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2020.)
(An accessible summary of why vision is a principal motivational factor and how it can be enhanced, both in learners and teachers.)


Hadfield, J., & Dörnyei, Z. (2013). Motivating learning. Harlow: Longman.
(A collection of 99 classroom activities in a 'recipe book' format focusing on the main components of the L2 Motivational Self System.)


Wong, M. S., Kristjánsson, C., & Dörnyei, Z. (Eds.). (2013). Christian faith and English language teaching and learning: Research on the interrelationship of religion and ELT. New York: Routledge.
(A collection of empirical studies on the relationship between faith and second language learning /teaching.)


Dörnyei, Z. (2012). Motivation in language learning. Shanghai: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press.
(A collection of 13 papers with a newly written introduction and conclusion.)


Dörnyei, Z., & Ushioda, E. (2011). Teaching and researching motivation (2nd ed.). Harlow: Longman.
(A completely revised version of the 2001 book, covering both the theory and practice of L2 motivation as well as the main methods of researching it.)


Dörnyei, Z. (2010). Questionnaires in second language research: Construction, administration, and processing (2nd ed.). London: Routledge. Republished in China by the Beijing Foreign Languages Teaching and Research Press, 2011.
(An extended version of the 2003 first edition.)


Dörnyei, Z. (2009). The psychology of second language acquisition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
(A survey of the main interfaces of psychology and SLA, from the neurobiology of the brain and the most influential theories of language acquisition to the psychology of classroom teaching/learning.)


Dörnyei, Z., & Ushioda, E. (Eds.). (2009). Motivation, language identity and the L2 self. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
(A collection of 18 papers focusing on the link between motivation, self and identity, written by leading European, North American and Asian scholars.)


Dörnyei, Z. (2007). Research methods in applied linguistics: Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodologies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
(I wanted to write a comprehensive overview of research methodology from collecting the data to reporting the results that I would have liked to read when I started to do research. It focuses on both qualitative and quantitative procedures as well as 'mixed methods research'.)


Dörnyei, Z., Csizér, K., & Németh, N. (2006). Motivation, language attitudes and globalisation: A Hungarian perspective. Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters.
(A summary of the main findings of the largest ever language attitude/motivation survey that involved over 13,000 Hungarian learners of English, German, French, Russian and Italian between 1993-2004.)


Dörnyei, Z. (2005). The psychology of the language learner: Individual differences in second language acquisition. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
(A book-size overview of the traditional individual individual difference factors in SLA, from language aptitude to learner beliefs.)


Dörnyei, Z., & Murphey, T. (2003). Group dynamics in the language classroom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Translated into Spanish and Basque – see under 'Traslations'.)
(An accessible overview of how to manage learner groups so that they develop into cohesive and productive learner communities, covering issues such as group development, group norms, student roles, leadership functions and conflict management.)

Dörnyei, Z. (2003). Questionnaires in second language research: Construction, administration, and processing. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. (Translated into Japanese and Korean – see under 'Traslations'.)
(See the information about the second edition above.)


Dörnyei, Z. (Ed.). (2003). Attitudes, orientations and motivations in language learning. Oxford: Blackwell.
(Five seminal papers published in the journal 'Language Learning' with a detailed introductory chapter.)


Dörnyei, Z. (2001). Motivational strategies in the language classroom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Translated into Japanese, Spanish and Basque – see under 'Traslations'.)
(A practical teachers' guide on how to motivate learners.)


Dörnyei, Z. (2001). Teaching and researching motivation. Harlow: Longman.
(See the information about the second edition above.)


Dörnyei, Z. & Schmidt, R. (Eds.) (2001). Motivation and second language acquisition. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press.
(A collection of 20 papers written by scholars from all over the world demonstrating the richness of L2 motivation research at the turn of the new millennium.)


Ehrman, M., & Dörnyei, Z. (1998). Interpersonal dynamics in second language education: The visible and invisible classroom. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
(A comprehensive discussion of a wide range of aspects of interpersonal and group dynamics.)

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