Tribute to Professor Zoltán Dörnyei

I was so very sorry to learn of Professor Zoltán Dörnyei‘s death last week. Although I only met him once at a CILT ITET conference,  I consider myself to be one of ‘the thousands of teachers worldwide he has influenced’, in fact, I’d say inspired.

On our PGCE course at the Institute of Education, (as I think elsewhere in the country) his publications are central to our discussions about motivation in second language teaching and learning, and inform our position on the importance of creating a principled communicative classroom.

I have always found his writing both accessible and thought-provoking, and will continue to encourage our student teachers to engage with it, to be inspired themselves as they strive to become principled practitioners and educational thinkers.

Professor Zoltán Dörnyei, referred to simply as Dörnyei in thousands of essays, made an invaluable contribution to the world of second language teaching and learning, and will continue to do so into the future, I’m sure.

Books from our reading list:

Caroline Conlon  


(ITET = Initial Teacher Education and Training) – see

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