Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Motivation and projects

Muir, Christine



Martin Lamb

Kata Csizer

Alastair Henry

Stephen Ryan


This chapter explores the motivational possibilities arising from the inclusion of projects in second language (L2) classrooms. After offering a definition of the term, Muir presents a brief critique of projects both in general education and rooted in L2 education more specifically. This recognises that although projects have a varied history in educational contexts, when implemented effectively they can offer extraordinary opportunities to engage groups of students in highly motivated learning. Muir highlights the essential motivational aspects of intensive group projects, and concludes the chapter by exploring key directions for future research.


Muir, C. (2020). Motivation and projects. In M. Lamb, K. Csizer, A. Henry, & S. Ryan (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Motivation for Language Learning (327-346). Palgrave Macmillan.

Online Publication Date Jan 12, 2020
Publication Date Jan 12, 2020
Deposit Date Dec 12, 2018
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 327-346
Book Title The Palgrave Handbook of Motivation for Language Learning
ISBN 978-3-030-28379-7
Public URL
Publisher URL
Contract Date Nov 26, 2018