Demotivators Within ELT Contexts, December 14, 2013

We are very pleased to welcome Keita Kikuchi who is a leading scholar in the study of demotivation in L2 learning. He has published a number of important empirical studies on demotivation among Japanese learners of English (e.g. Kikuchi 2009, Listening to our learners’ voices: What demotivates Japanese high school students? Language Teaching Research 13(4). Sakai and Kikuchi 2009, An analysis of demotivators in the EFL classroom. System 37).

Keita Kikuchi is an Associate Professor at Kanagawa University, Japan. He holds an Ed.D. in TESOL from Temple University, Japan, and an MA in ESL from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. His research interests include curriculum development and second language acquisition, especially individual differences.

Description of talk:
In my talk, I will introduce the idea of researching demotivation in English language learning contexts and present findings of studies conducted mainly in Japan. Then, I will discuss the future direction of demotivation studies.

In order to facilitate a fruitful discussion on this topic, I will use examples from my own studies (Kikuchi, 2009; Kikuchi and Sakai, 2009; Sakai and Kikuchi, 2009). By the end of the talk, I hope to have demonstrated that demotivators may vary in different situations. Finally, I would like to encourage a reflective group discussion regarding the variety of demotivators within ELT and within the audience’s own teaching contexts.

Date: December 14, 2013
Time: 5 – 7 PM  (followed by dinner).
Location: University of Kochi (Kochi Women’s University) LL room.
*** This event will be followed by our annual end of the year party. ***

Teaching Literature & Writing in Asia: Tales from Sri Lanka & Malaysia

Speakers: Dr. Senath Walter Perera and Dr. Carol Leon
Please join Dr. Walter Perera from Sri Lanka and Dr. Carol Leon from Malaysia for a discussion of issues that student-writers face in their respective multi-lingual outer circle contexts.
Date: Saturday, November 9
Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Place: Kochi University, Humanities Bldg, 5F, Enshu Room 1
Speaker profiles:
Dr. Senath Walter Perera is Senior Professor of English at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. He specializes in Sri Lankan writing in English with a focus on the Sri Lankan novel of expatriation. Perera also serves on the Gratiaen Trust which administers the Gratiaen Prize instituted by Michael Ondaatje to promote English creative writing in Sri Lanka. He has been Editor of The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities since 1996 and was recently awarded the Trinity College Kandy Prize for his contribution to Education.
Dr. Carol Leon is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Malaya. Her areas of expertise include post colonial literature, travel literature, and Malaysian children’s literature.

Donald Carroll revisits conversational analysis

In 1975, just one year after Sacks, Schegloff, and Jefferson published their landmark paper, Irene Daden, then a master’s student in Applied Linguistics at UCLA, wrote a thesis with this intriguing title: Conversational analysis and its relevance to the teaching of English as a second language.  In the intervening decades conversation analysis (CA) has grown from an obscure offshoot of sociology into one of the most vibrant and active research paradigms within the field of second language education. Over the past dozen years, a mounting number of CA studies has explored the intricacies of second language talk, helped to chart pedagogic practices in the classroom, sought to illuminate novice-expert discourse identities, and even attempted to capture language learning as it happens in-situ.

Yet in the intervening decades since Daden wrote her thesis, there has been little progress in terms of applying CA to the teaching of English as a second language.  Only the barest few of the world’s language teachers have even heard of conversation analysis. At the largest conferences for language teachers, CA has had only a token presence.  Moreover, commercially published ESL teaching materials fail to offer a single CA-inspired textbook, and in fact, continue to present English models in stark conflict with the routinely observable patterns of interaction.  The purpose of this presentation is to revisit Daden’s original question:  What practical relevance does CA have for classroom ESL/EFL teachers? In short, how can hard-working language teachers benefit from Conversation Analysis?  During this talk, I’ll detail and demonstrate some of the ways that I have personally tried to apply CA to my own language teaching, in particular the teaching of conversation.

Dr. Donald Carroll has been a professor in Shikoku Gakuin University’s Department of Language and Culture since 1996.  Prior to that he taught applied linguistics and EFL/EAP/ESP in Mexico, the Sultanate of Oman, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.  He has a Ph.D. from the University of York (2006) and a BA and MA in Applied Linguistics from California State University, Fullerton (1980, 1984).  Don has also taught an Introduction to Conversation Analysis course for Temple University Japan’s MATESOL program at both the Tokyo and Osaka Campuses.

Date, time & location
Wed. Nov. 20th
Kagawa University
Education Campus
Room 423