CLT is great, but it doesn't have much to say about motivation.
CLT-based instruction helps students develop fluency which can be self-reinforcing because it's pleasurable to do something you're good at, but beyond that CLT has almost nothing to say about why we teach or why students should want to learn.
Social learning theory goes some way towards filling this gap.
We are social animals. We derive motivation and meaning from our relationships with other people, and we tend to want to learn skills that have social value.
The branch of social learning we find most helpful is the apprenticeship and community of practice models from Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger.
You'll see community of practice ideas in the way Writelike uses:
- Authentic texts, written for a legitimate social purpose
- Pseudo apprenticeship—modelling expert performance, with coaching from tool and teacher
- Peer feedback
- Social performance—tools like Wrotevote give students structured opportunities to "perform" for others
If you are interested in this area, see these extracts from Etienne Wenger’s 1998 book on Communities of Practice.
If you want to go further, Learning in Landscapes of Practice is one of the most current texts, although it is skewed towards workplace learning more than school.