Language Learning Motivation in Japan

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-10-01
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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This book synthesises current theory and research on L2 motivation in the EFL Japanese context carried out by internationally recognized researchers and upcoming researcher-educators working in various educational contexts in Japan. Topics covered include the issues of cultural identity, demotivation, language communities, positive psychology, possible L2 selves and internationalisation within a key EFL context. The studies in the book utilise a wide variety of research methodologies aiming to narrow the gap between theory and practice and examine L2 motivation in primary, secondary and tertiary education. This volume will be of interest to research/teacher professionals who are currently engaged in active ESL/EFL practice, EFL educators, researchers, and teacher-trainers both inside and outside Japan, who are interested in research on L2 motivation in general and within the Japanese context in particular, as well as graduate and postgraduate researchers.

Author Biography

Matthew T. Apple is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Ritsumeikan University. His research interests include individual differences in SLA, L2 vocabulary acquisition and educational statistics.Dexter Da Silva is Professor in the Department of Psychology and Horticulture at Keisen University. He has been working in the field for over 25 years, researching student motivation, identity development, trust and classroom dynamics.Terry Fellner is Associate Professor at the Center for General Education at Saga University. He is a section editor of @CUE in The OnCUE Journal and his research interests include vocabulary acquisition, outdoor language learning and L2 reading.

Table of Contents

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Editors' Preface

1. Ema Ushioda: Foreign Language Motivation Research in Japan: An “Insider” Perspective from Outside Japan

2. Kimberly Noels: Promoting the Motivation of Japanese Learners of English through Autonomy, Competence, and Relatedness

3. Tomoko Yashima: Imagined L2 Selves and Motivation for Intercultural Communication

4. Matthew Apple, Joseph Falout, and Glen Hill: Exploring Classroom-Based Constructs of EFL Motivation for Science and Engineering Students in Japan

5. Hideo Hayashi: Dual Goal Orientation in the Japanese Context: A Case Study of Two EFL Learners

6. Rieko Nishida: A Comprehensive Summary of Empirical Studies of Motivation Among Japanese Elementary School EFL Learners

7. Kay Irie and Damon Brewster: L2 Self Motivation Development from Within: A Longitudinal, Multiple-Case Study of Japanese University Students

8. Scott Aubrey and Andrew G. P. Nowlan: Effect of Intercultural Contact on L2 Motivation: A Comparative Study

9. Yoko Munezane: Motivation, Ideal L2 Self, and Valuing of Global English

10. Tatsuya Taguchi: Motivation, Attitudes, and Selves in the Japanese Context: A Mixed Methods Approach

11. Michael Johnson: A Longitudinal Perspective on EFL Learning Motivation in Japanese Engineering Students

12. Keita Kikuchi: Demotivators in the Japanese EFL Context

13. J Lake: Positive L2 Self: Linking Positive Psychology with L2 Motivation

14. Joseph Falout, Yoshifumi Fukada, Tim Murphey, and Tetsuya Fukuda: What's Working in Japan? Present Communities of Imagination

15. Ryo Nitta: Understanding Motivational Evolution in the EFL Classroom: A Longitudinal Study from a Dynamic Systems Perspective

16. Tomohito Hiromori: Motivational Design for Effective Second Language Instruction

17. Yoshiyuki Nakata: Perspectives on L2 Motivation: Bridging the Gaps Between Teachers, SLA Researchers and Teacher Educators

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