Her interests lie in three key domains: instructed second language acquisition, language teacher development and research methodology. She is particularly interested in language development opportunities in teacher-student interaction and in the social psychological processes of instructed SLA, especially L2 motivation and group dynamics. The other broader area of research interests concerns language teachers' development with a particular emphasis on language teachers' cognitions, identities and visions. Exploring how language teachers change as a result of in-service teacher development course has been the subject of one of her large projects, aspects of which have been described in several publications. She has developed a novel empirically-based model of Language Teacher Conceptual Change (LTCC) which is described in detail in her book, Teacher Development in Action (Palgrave, 2012). Finally, she is interested in aspects of research methodology, particularly grounded theory ethnography, research ethics and classroom-based research.
Dörnyei, Z. and Kubanyiova, M. (in press) Motivating learners, Motivating teachers: Building vision in the language classroom.Cambridge:CambridgeUniversity Press.
Kubanyiova, M. (2012). Teacher development in action: Understanding language teachers’ conceptual change.Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
Hobbs, V., & Kubanyiova, M. (2008). The challenges of researching language teachers: What research manuals don’t tell us. Language Teaching Research, 12(4), 495-513.
Kubanyiova, M. (2008). Rethinking research ethics in contemporary applied linguistics: The tension between macro- and microethical perspectives in situated research. Modern Language Journal, 92 (4), 503-518.
Kubanyiova, M. (2006). Developing a motivational teaching practice in EFL teachers in Slovakia: Challenges of promoting teacher change in EFL contexts. TESL-EJ, 10 (2), 1-17. http://tesl-ej.org/ej38/a5.pdf
Kubanyiova, M. (in press). The knowledge base of language teachers. In C. A. Chapelle (Ed.), Encyclopedia of applied linguistics: Blackwell.
Kubanyiova, M. (2013). Towards understanding the role of faith in the development of language teachers’ identities: A modest proposal for extending the research agenda. In M. S. Wong, C. Kristjánsson & Z. Dörnyei (Eds.), Christian faith and English language teaching and learning: Research on the interrelationship of religion and ELT (pp. 85-92). New York: Routledge.
Kubanyiova, M. (2013). Ethical debates in research on language and interaction. In C. A. Chapelle (Ed.), The encyclopedia of applied linguistics (pp. 2001–2008): Blackwell.
Kubanyiova, M. (2009). Motivating Thai university students with radio drama. In A. Smith & G. Strong (Eds.), Adult language learners: Context and innovation (pp. 141-147).Alexandria,VA: TESOL.
Kubanyiova, M. (2009). Possible selves in language teacher development. In Z. Dörnyei & E. Ushioda (Eds.), Motivation, language identity and the L2 Self (pp. 314-332).Bristol: Multilingual Matters.