Yokohama JALT:

Enhancing Students' Motivation: Imagining an L2 Self

Date: Saturday, January 19th, 2013 Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Garold Murray (Okayama University)

Description:
This workshop will explore how teachers can apply Dörnyei's L2 Motivational Self System theory to their classroom practice in order to enhance their students' motivation. In the first part of the workshop, Garold Murray will provide a brief overview of the key constructs and situate the topic in the literature by outlining Norton's imagined communities and Dörnyei's L2 Motivational Self System. These theories suggest that teachers might enhance learners' motivation by helping them to develop and sustain visions of future selves as foreign language speakers and possible participants in target language communities.

The second part of the workshop will focus on ways to do this by providing participants with the opportunity to consider specific suggestions for classroom practice in relation to their own teaching context. In the third part of the workshop, participants will work together in small groups to produce activities designed to help students imagine themselves as speakers of the target language. Participants will leave the workshop with ideas and suggestions for activities that they can take back and continue to work with in their own teaching context.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen (500 yen for students)

Venue: Kannai Youth Center (under Kannai Hall), close to JR Kannai on the Negishi line (map)

Location: Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

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