The impact of study abroad program on Japanese University students' motivation and the development of "motivational L2 selves".

Masanori Matsumoto

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Three university students from Japan participated in a preliminary case study that investigated the impact of learning experiences in five-week-study abroad program to Australia on the change of motivation, the perception of contextual factors affecting their motivation, and the development of "motivational L2 selves". Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected by three interviews at the beginning, in the middle and the end of the program, and by submitting weekly learning logs. The results in the seven-point-Likert scale from the learning logs showed the upward trend in the level of motivational intensity as the program proceeds among the participants who perceived the environmental factors positively, including teachers, peer learners, class activities and the must-use-English context. Their views on the difference in learning experiences in Japan and in Australia also affected positively helping them to develop more vivid and real "L2 Selves". The study suggests learners' perception and evaluation of environmental factors in study abroad program in comparison with prior learning experience could be a relevant variable that affects motivational changes and the acquisition of more elaborated "L2 Selves" as their goal to achieve.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
Publication statusSubmitted - 2018
EventEighth CLS International Conference (CLaSIC 2018): Motivation, Identity and Autonomy in Foreign Language Education - National University of Singapore, Singapore , Singapore
Duration: 6 Dec 20188 Dec 2018
Conference number: 8th


ConferenceEighth CLS International Conference (CLaSIC 2018)
Abbreviated titleCLaSIC 2018
OtherCLaSIC is a biennial conference organised by the Centre for Language Studies of the National University of Singapore, and aims to bring together academics, researchers and professionals from Asia and beyond for a productive and meaningful exchange of insights, experiences, views and perspectives on current and future developments in foreign language teaching and learning. The conference serves as a platform for participants to report on current research and practices in foreign language education and related disciplines. Since the inaugural conference in December 2004, CLaSIC has been a resounding success, drawing researchers and professionals from all over the world. Leading scholars in foreign language education, applied linguistics and second language acquisition have featured as keynote speakers, among them Anna Uhl Chamot, William Littlewood, Richard Schmidt, Elaine Tarone, Amy Tsui, Michael Byram, Claire Kramsch, Rod Ellis and Michael Levy.
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