Gunma JALT:

Exploring Motivation with Students

Date: Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Richard Sampson (Gunma University)

This workshop will introduce participants to a more complex view of motivation that places agent individuals (students and teachers) and interactions (with others in the class group, with opportunities afforded, with ideas) at the centre of classroom motivational processes. The session will begin with a brief outline of two currently prevalent motivation theories and one scientific theory which will be drawn on throughout:

  • Self Determination Theory (Deci & Ryan, 2002),
  • The L2 Motivational Self System (Dörnyei, 2009), and
  • Complex Systems Theory.

The majority of the session will then be turned over to allowing participants to take part in a number of classroom activities that encourage students and teachers to explore their own motivation and share ideas across their class group. Activities will include those intended to encourage realization of a more communicative approach to learning, explore messages and expectations from society about English, share ideas about classroom and future English use, and co-adapt motivation through collaborative activities and projects. The presenter will also occasionally refer to some of the reflections and realizations emergent from students in his past learning groups through undertaking these activities.

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

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

Venue: Maebashi Kyoai Gakuen College

Location: Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan


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