Shizuoka JALT:

Theories of motivation and survey development in L2 research

Date: Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Speaker: Keita Kikuchi

Many teachers use questionnaire to explore what they're interested in, especially, students' attitudes toward learning. The presenter will overview current theories of motivation, explain some of the common mistakes that researchers make in doing survey research, and describe methods for determining well grounded items. There will be some hand-on activities to construct questionnaire items together and understand the idea with other participants.

In the first session, the presenter will overview the currently popular motivation theories. In the second session, participants are expected to construct questionnaire items on motivation after they work on some activities such as interviews and discussion.

Kikuchi, K. (2009) Listening to our Learners' Voices: What Demotivates EFL High School Students? Language Teaching Research 13(4) 453-471.
Kikuchi, K. and Sakai, H. (2009). Japanese learners' demotivation to study English: A survey study. JALT Journal 31(2)183-204.
Sakai, H. and Kikuchi, K. (2009). An analysis of demotivators in the EFL Classroom. System 37 (1) 57-6

Organization: Shizuoka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Shizuoka JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: Kyouiku Kaikan (across from Shin-Shizuoka) in the basement (5-minute walk north from JR station)

Location: Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan


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