Table of contents for The psychology of the language learner : individual differences in second language acquisition / Zoltán Dörnyei.

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1 Introduction: Definition, Brief History, and Taxonomy
of Individual Differences 1
Definition 4
Brief History of Individual Difference Research 5
Individual Differences in Second Language Studies 6
Taxonomy of Individual Differences and the Structure of
this Book 7
2 Personality, Temperament, and Mood 10
Definitions 11
Different Approaches to the Study of Personality 12
Personality and Learning 20
Personality and Language Learning and Use 24
Conclusion 29
3 Language Aptitude 31
Basic Conceptual Issues 32
Language Aptitude Research: From the Beginnings to
the 1990s 34
Traditional Issues in Language Aptitude Research 43
New Research Directions and Perspectives 50
Conclusion 63
4 Motivation and 'Self-Motivation' 65
Three Phases of L2 Motivation Research 66
New Conceptual Issues 88
Reframing L2 Motivation as Part of the Self-System 93
L2 Motivation and SLA Research 109
Educational Implications: Devising Motivational
Strategies 111
Conclusion 118
5 Learning Styles and Cognitive Styles 120
What Are Learning Styles? 121
Cognitive Styles 125
Kolb's Model of Learning Styles 129
Assessing Cognitive and Learning Styles 131
Cognitive and Learning Styles in L2 Studies 136
Practical Implications 155
Conclusion 160
6 Language Learning Strategies and Student Self-
Regulation 162
Do Learning Strategies Exist? 163
Learning Strategies in L2 Studies 166
Learning Strategies and Student Self-Regulation in
Educational Psychology 188
Conclusion 195
7 Other Learner Characteristics     197
Anxiety 198
Creativity 202
Willingness to Communicate 207
Self-Esteem 211
Learner Beliefs 214

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Second language acquisition Psychological aspects