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What do we need to know about motivation and demotivation in language learning?

Thursday, 8 March 2018, 12 – 1pm

What do we need to know about motivation and demotivation in language learning?

IRAAL Lunchtime Lecture by Dr Keita Kikuchi (Kanagawa University, Japan)

SLA literature tends to focus predominantly on what motivates language learners, but what demotivates them has not been widely discussed. Why do learners get discouraged and disengage from the process of language learning? How can we stem the tide of drop-outs from the language classroom? Visiting guest lecturer Dr Keita Kikuchi (Kanagawa University, Japan) explores language motivational issues from a different perspective, and investigates learner demotivation. In this talk, Dr Kikuchi will introduce key theories of language learning motivation, such as the socioeducational model, self-determination theory, and the L2 Motivational Self System. He will discuss the importance of understanding demotivators, which may cause demotivation among language learners, and, using his own as well as other studies from Japan, he will explore the notion of ambivalence in language learning.

Dr Keita Kikuchi is a leading international researcher in the study of demotivation in Second Language Acquisition. His work has focussed on the analysis student drop-out in language learning, where, through extensive empirical work, he has argued that demotivation is not simply the opposite of motivation. He is currently an associate professor at Kanagawa University, Japan. He obtained an M.A.in ESL from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and an Ed.D in TESOL from Temple University in the United States. He has been awarded Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research for Young Scientists twice from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. His research interests include curriculum development, educational psychology and second language acquisition, especially individual differences. He has published "Demotivation in Second Language Acquisition" (Multilingual Matters) and numerous articles on the topic of language learners' motivation. In association with the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences. We are very grateful to acknowledge the support of the TCD Visiting Professorship and Fellowships Benefaction Fund 2018.

Accessibility: Yes
Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Type: Alumni, Arts and Culture
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public

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