Focusing on learner psychology: Motivation and willingness to communicate/モチベーションと第2言語における自発的にコミュニケーションを図る傾向

JALT Group: 
Event Speaker: 
Tomoko Yashima, Kansai University/八島智子 関西大学
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for non-JALT members: 
1,000 yen
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

In this presentation, I will first introduce the concept of willingness to communicate (WTC) as a psychological construct used to investigate individual differences in L2 communication along with motivation, anxiety, and self-confidence. Next, I will introduce a number of recent studies that explore the situated nature of WTC as emerging in language classrooms through the interaction of various individual, social, and contextual factors. I will then discuss the characteristics of the L2 communication behaviors of Japanese learners as phenomena that are both culturally constructed and dynamically emergent. Finally. I will explore teaching interventions that can enhance learners’ WTC.