Crafting an intrinsically motivating course environment for language learning: A Japanese pedagogical innovation

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Ng, Chi-hung. (2016) Crafting an intrinsically motivating course environment for language learning: A Japanese pedagogical innovation. In In C. C. Ng, R. Fox and M. Nakano (Ed.). Reforming learning and teaching in Asia-Pacific universities pp. 275 - 296 Springer Science and Business Media. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-0431-5_13
AuthorsNg, Chi-hung
EditorsC. C. Ng, R. Fox and M. Nakano
Abstract

Students’ abilities to use English as an international language (EIL) have become one of the most important graduate knowledge and skills in globalised economies in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. However, many Japanese students lack motivation to learn this important language and disengage readily from the learning process. This chapter discusses the findings derived from an ethnographic study on an innovative course design for promoting the learning and use of English in a leading private university in Japan. Based on a variety of qualitative data, this study identified four important factors, including a high level of personal relevance, opportunities for inter-cultural communication, genuine language situations, and the silent teacher phenomenon. These factors crafted a motivating course environment for promoting Japanese students’ intrinsic motivation in learning and using English as an international communication with their Korean counterparts using internet and computing technologies. The significance of these factors was discussed from a self-determination perspective.

Page range275 - 296
Year2016
Book titleReforming learning and teaching in Asia-Pacific universities
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media
Place of publicationSingapore
ISBN9789811004292
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-0431-5_13
Research GroupInstitute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE)
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