Editorial

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Kata Csizér
Csaba Kálmán

Abstract

Due to the emergence of the self in foreign/second language (L2) motivation theory and research following the introduction of the L2 Motivational Self System (L2MSS) (Dörnyei, 2005, 2009), the past decade has witnessed a surge of attention devoted to the two self dimensions: the Ideal L2 Self, and the Ought-to L2 self of the model (Boo, Dörnyei, & Ryan, 2015). The third core component, however, the L2 Learning Experience has become undeservedly marginalized. We think that such relative neglect has been brought about by two phenomena. On the one hand, the L2 Learning Experience, has so far been underconceptualized, and, as such, its intangible, amorphous nature has undermined its applicability in research on a similar scale that a more elaborate theorization of the other two future self-guides has enabled. On the other hand, by incorporating Markus and Nurius’ (1986) possible selves theory into L2 motivation research, Dörnyei was able to import adaptable and novel concepts to the field, which set the course of the research agenda for years to come.

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Kata Csizér, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Kata Csizér, PhD, works at the Department of English Applied Linguistics, School of English and American Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. Her main field of research interest is the socio psychological aspects of second language learning and teaching as well as second and foreign language motivation.

Contact details: Department of English Applied Linguistics, School of English and American Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Rákóczi út 5, 1088 Budapest, Hungary (weinkata@yahoo.com)

Csaba Kálmán, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Csaba Kálmán, PhD, works at the Department of English Applied Linguistics, School of English and American Studies, at Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary. His research interests include second and foreign language motivation, adult education, and corporate language education. He has been running his own business offering a variety of corporate language training and skills courses for over two decades, and has extensive experience as a language teacher and trainer in corporate contexts.

Contact details: Department of English Applied Linguistics, School of English and American Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Rákóczi út 5, 1088 Budapest, Hungary (csabakalman73@gmail.com)

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