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The aim of this paper is to overview the field of mainstream L2 motivation research historically, to outline key shifts that the field has gone through and primary theories that underpin the development of the field, and lay out some possible future pathways based on the insights offered on the changing landscape of the field. These future pathways highlighted in the paper unavoidably are demonstrative of the scope and development of future research potential in the field of L2 motivation research. The discussion starts with the definition of motivation, then early L2 motivation research, goes on with the educational shift, and f the current period of L2 motivation study. The study continues with the discussion of the most promising future pathways to be made about the directions of the future research in our field.
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