MLMT: Reading Questions

Motivating Teachers, Motivating Learners: Questions to guide your reading 

Excerpt 1

  • Who are "we" -- the authors? Why are they writing this book?

  • Who is the intended audience?

  • To whom or what does this book seem to be responding? Is there a "they say," either stated or implied?

  • What is a vision? What does it mean to "have a vision"? How is a vision different from a goal?

  • What do Dörnyei and Kubanyiova mean when they talk about "possible selves"? 

  • What is an "ideal self"? What is an "ought-to self"?

  • Why do Dörnyei and Kubanyiova believe that visions -- particularly visions of possible selves -- can be powerful sources of motivation?

  • Have you ever been motivated by a vision? What was it?

  • What is "mental imagery?" (The authors sometimes just use the word "imagery" to mean the same thing.)

  • Have you ever used mental imagery to help you learn or acquire skills? If so, how did you use it?

  • What evidence do the authors provide to try to convince you that mental imagery can be used in foreign language education?

  • Why could a book like this be important? (I'm not saying it is, necessarily -- I'm asking you to speculate.) Why should you and I care what Dörnyei and Kubanyiova think?

Excerpt 2

  • What do Dörnyei and Kubanyiova mean by “contructing” a vision of a “future L2 self?”

    (note: “L2” is academic jargon. It stands for “second language.”)

  • What do they believe a language teacher’s role should (or could) be in constructing such a vision? What kind of things should (or could) a language teacher do?

  • What’s “guided imagery”? How is it used in other fields, such as sports?

  • Have you, or anyone you know, ever used “guided imagery” before?

  • What do Dörnyei and Kubanyiova mean by “guided narratives” (section 2.4)?

  • Why do they believe telling stories (narratives) about oneself are important?

  • In what ways do they believe a language teacher could use narratives to create a “future self-image”?

  • What do Dörnyei and Kubanyiova say about role models, and how they could be used to help students generate a “future self-image”?