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The case of a missing person? The current L2 self and the L2Motivational Self System
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7751-3942
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7789-9032
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for health promotion and care sciences. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4722-009X
(English)In: International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, ISSN 1367-0050, E-ISSN 1747-7522Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
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In Dörnyei's (2009a) theorizing, motivation is conceptualized to be generated by discomfort associated with the learner's experience of a discrepancy between their current L2 self, and their ideal L2 self. However, in the L2 Motivational Self System, this discrepancy is not operationalized. A questionnaire containing measures of current L2 selves was administered to two cohorts of students learning English in Sweden, one in grade 7, and one in grade 9. Using structural equation modelling, results revealed that the discrepancy between the ideal L2 self and the current L2 selfwas greater for the grade 7 cohort. So too was the impact on a criterion variable measuring intended effort. Arguments for the operationalization of the selfdiscrepancy process in research designs are put forward. In studies tracking changes over time, it is suggested that the inclusion of a variable measuring the current L2self could provide important insights into self-discrepancy trajectories, facilitate the investigation of motivational dynamics, and bring greater sensitivity to intervention design.

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L2 motivation; self-discrepancies; possible selves; self-revision; global English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-11750DOI: 10.1080/13670050.2017.1388356OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-11750DiVA: diva2:1148959
Available from: 2017-10-13 Created: 2017-10-13 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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