Motivation in Language Learning

In this interview, Professor Ted O’Neill speaks with Professor Kay Irie about the effects of applying motivation strategies to language learning environments.

In this interview Professor Ted O'Neill speaks with Professor Kay Irie about the effects of applying motivation strategies to language learning environments. Their discussion focuses on Professor Irie's study and application of "The Narrative-Self" as a motivational tool for language learners.

Professor Kay Irie was a Keynote Speaker at The Asian Conference on Language Learning 2015 (ACLL2015).


Professor Kay Irie

Kay Irie is a Professor at Gakushuin University, Tokyo where she is developing a CLIL-based English program for the new Faculty of International Studies starting in April 2016. She also teaches in the Graduate College of Education at Temple University Japan. Her current research interests include learner autonomy, second language learning motivation in tertiary education related to the concept of L2 self, and research methods used in these areas. Her recent publications include Study abroad and the dynamics of change in learner L2 self-concept (co-author: Stephen Ryan) in Motivational Dynamics in Language Learning (edited by Dörnyei, MacIntyre, & Henry, 2015, Multilingual Matters), Q methodology for post-social-turn research in SLA (SSLLT, 4, 2014), Investing in experiential capital: Self-efficacy, imagination and development of ideal L2 selves (co-author: Damon Brewster) in The Impact of Self-Concept on Language Learning (edited by Csizér & Magid, Multilingual Matters).

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