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Language Acquisition and the Multilingual Ideal: Exploring Japanese Language Learning Motivation

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Examining the motivational development of Japanese language learners, this book investigates the relationship between their future self-image as Japanese speakers and their broader self-image as multilingual individuals. The book compares two groups of Japanese language learners, one from Australia and the other from South Korea. Questioning how motivation is influenced both by native languages and by the other languages which learners speak or study, Toshiyuki Nakamura uses dynamic systems theory (DST) to uncover how knowledge of English in these different contexts motivates the learning of Japanese. Employing the concept of 'domain of possible selves' as an analytical framework, the book also provides a detailed description of the development of the learners' visions of themselves as users of Japanese and uncovers various aspects of Japanese language learners' L2 self.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781350088153
ISBN-10: 1350088153
Pagini: 192
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 x 17 mm
Greutate: 0.43 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

Caracteristici

Uses Dynamic Systems Theory to uncover various aspects of Japanese language learners' L2 self and motivation, contributing to a debate on second language motivation previously dominated by a focus on English language learning

Notă biografică

Toshiyuki Nakamura is Lecturer of Japanese in the Department of International Communication, Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies, Japan.

Cuprins

List of TablesList of FiguresAcknowledgementsList of Abbreviations1. Introduction2. Understanding language learning motivation 'multilingually'3. 'Japanese is easy, but difficult to continue.' Motivation and future self-images of Korean learners4. 'Japanese is difficult, but I don't want to stop.' Motivation and future self-images of Australian learners5. 'I think that English is the first, and the next is Japanese.': Motivational trajectories of Korean learners6. 'I really, really want to do Japanese translating.' Motivational trajectories of Australian learners7. Language learning motivation in English-speaking and non-English-speaking contextsReferencesAppendix 1(a): 1st round interview questions (Australian version)Appendix 1(b): 1st round interview questions (Korean version)Appendix 2(a): 2nd round interview questions (Australian version)Appendix 2(b): 2nd round interview questions (Korean version)Index

Recenzii

Among many published studies on language learning motivation, Nakamura's study stands out as it deals with two distinct locations of learning of Japanese, Australia and Korea, with different education systems and different social values given to Japanese, English and other languages. A forward-looking work that examines motivation in a multilingual world.
Drawing on qualitative data from students of Japanese in Australia and Korea and integrating various theoretical frameworks, Nakamura offers rich insights into their motivation as language learners and its development over time. This is an illuminating and timely study, which contributes to contemporary discussions around motivation and the multilingual self.