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- Dr. Zoltán Dörnyei (University of Nottingham, U.K.)
- Language Learning Motivation and Its Assessment
- Saturday, April 4 (2015)
- TUJ Tokyo Center
Motivation is widely seen both by practitioners and researchers as one of the key factors that determine the success of the acquisition of a foreign/second (L2) language, and therefore L2 motivation research has a rich history of over fifty years within the study of second language acquisition. The seminar offered an overview of the development of this research tradition while also focusing on how the various emerging phases of L2 motivation research have been linked to specific educational concerns and research methodologies.
The opening lecture offered an outline of motivational evolution from the initial social psychological perspective of the 1960-80s, through the educational approaches of the 1990s, to the current self-based and dynamic system approaches. Besides explained the key underlying assumptions and principles, special emphasis was placed on discussing the practical implications of the various motivational paradigms. The rest of the seminar explored the contemporary directions in detail and will also offer an in-depth analysis of critical measurement issues. Key topics included the “L2 motivational Self System”, “motivation as vision”, “motivational dynamics” and “directed motivational currents”. In terms of assessment, first the lecturer summarized the use of questionnaire surveys and then discussed the challenges of conducting motivation research in a dynamic systems vein.
- Dr. William Grabe (Northern Arizona University, U.S.A.)
- L2 Reading: Moving from Theory to Practice
- Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 (2013)
- TUJ Tokyo Center
This seminar on L2 reading covered four major sections: (1) foundations of L2 reading: topics included the nature of reading comprehension, cognitive processes in reading, component skills for reading comprehension, L1 vs. L2 reading, reading motivation, implications for L2 reading instruction, (2) main idea reading comprehension: topics included the roles of vocabulary, grammar, and main idea identification, (3) academic reading skills: topics included becoming a strategic reader, the role of discourse structure awareness, Reading/writing relationships, and (4) the development of the fluent reader: topics included reading fluency, extensive reading, teaching for motivation. There was a short commentary section on additional topics: role of teacher training, reading assessment, technology, neurolinguistic concepts, curricular perspectives. This seminar also asked participants to engage in a number of practical activities in order to reflect on specific instructional options.
The entire seminar was held for two days; Saturday, May 18 between 14:00 - 21:00 and Sunday, May 19 between 10:00 - 17:00. You can watch the first 3 hours (14:00 - 17:00) of the lecture on Saturday, May 18 on the video.
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