ETJ Tokyo:

ETJ Tokyo Workshop on Self Efficacy

Date: Sunday, May 17th, 2015 Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Dexter Da Silva (Keisen University), Gene Thompson (Rikkyo University)

Dexter Da Silva: In this talk, I first argue why self-efficacy is an appropriate and useful concept to focus on for first-year university students' English study. I then differentiate self-efficacy from self-esteem and self-concept in an attempt to define it and clarify some misconceptions about it. I then explain how my colleagues and I attempt to measure it, enhance it, and use it as a core construct to enhance student motivation and autonomy within our English language programme. Finally, I describe aspects of the programme and its evaluation, summarising action research that we have conducted.

Gene Thompson: In this talk, I will introduce a self-efficacy belief study and talk about the evaluative value of the study for our program. Students' perceptions of their capabilities to carry out academic tasks for studying business in English were investigated. Data were collected in a survey completed by 217 students, which also asked students to self-report their gender and English proficiency level on the TOEIC test. An exploratory factor analysis identified four latent constructs of academic self-efficacy beliefs that corresponded to four different academic usage situations. Students' perceived efficacy beliefs were positively correlated with their self-reported TOEIC proficiency level, but were not significantly correlated with gender. I will suggest that investigating student self-efficacy beliefs is an effective way helping to evaluate our courses and find areas to improve; the results provide a meaningful way to consider students' perceived capabilities for future performance, in relation to course objectives.

Dexter Da Silva is currently Professor of Educational Psychology in the Department of Psychology and Horticulture at Keisen University in Tokyo. He completed his Ph.D. focussing on Japanese university students' motivation at the Self-Enhancement and Learning Facilitation (SELF) Centre at the University of Western Sydney. He has been teaching in Japan for more than 25 years. His research interests span a broad range of education-related topics, including trust, student motivation, CLIL, identity and self-concept.

Gene Thompson is an Assistant Professor at the College of Business, Rikkyo University, Japan. He has been teaching in Japan for more than 10 years with experience at a number of universities. He researches teacher and learner cognitions about language learning, teacher training, and curriculum design. He is currently undertaking PhD research investigating Japanese high school English teachers' self-efficacy for teaching English.Japanese University business students' academic English self-efficacy beliefs.

Please preregister by sending an e-mail to Nicky Sekino at

Organization: ETJ Tokyo (English Teachers in Japan) (ETJ Tokyo)

Cost: free

Venue: 22F, Shinagawa Intercity Tower A, 2-15-1 Konan, Minato-ku, 3 min walk from Konan Exit of Shinagawa Sta (Yamanote Line, Keihin Kyuko Line; map)

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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