Dr. Poole highlights the impacts both extrinsic and intrinsic motivation on the language learning process, and how each type can influence dedication to foreign language acquisition. Dr. Poole uses very concise and helpful scientific anecdotes of individuals/groups who have acquired another language. He mentions the multitude of outlets that provide content in another language – TV, movies, podcasts, books, native speakers, hobbies (such as sports), etc., valuable tools for those seeking to learn additional languages. This book provides succinct discussion questions at the end of each chapter that allow for reader reflection and understanding.
As a teacher, I know that students could benefit from Dr. Poole's explanations about strategies of proficient language learners (e.g., combining strategies, using metacognitive practices), as well as recognizing and limiting some tendencies they may fall into, such as first-language direct translation and focusing on individual words instead of identifying the context and making inferences. In addition, while Dr. Poole points out several typical amotivational factors--some physiological or psychological and others based on spurrious conventions of society--there are strategies to increase motivation and maintain motivation while honing learner discipline and giving the learner a better chance at successful proficiency with a second (or third) language.
11/5/20, US News and World Report: Author featured in an article on “How to Learn English: A U.S. News Guide.” Link: https://www.usnews.com/education/learn-english-guide