Motivation and Alienation: Resistance as a Natural Part of Language Learning

Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Event Speaker: 
Joseph Shaules (Juntendo University)
Fee for JALT members: 
Fee for non-JALT members: 
1,000 yen (Students 500 yen)

Learners who struggle with a foreign language often suffer from feelings of alienation and failure, and may be seen as lazy or unmotivated. This presentation will argue, however, that negative reactions to language learning are, in effect, a normal part of the learning process. It will also argue that current models of motivation in SLA don’t fully take this into account. The presentation will help teachers look at motivation in a new light, and will provide tips for reducing learner resistance. Prof. Shaules, coming all the way from Tokyo, is renowned for being an exciting speaker. For details, see recent Hiroshima JALT emails.