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ERIC Number: EJ1210572
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1750-1229
Fluctuations in an EFL Teacher's Willingness to Communicate in an English-Medium Lesson: An Observational Case Study in Japan
Sato, Rintaro
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, v13 n2 p105-117 2019
Willingness to Communicate (WTC) plays a crucial role in second language (L2) learning, and is believed to be closely related to learning in general; the higher a learner's WTC, the better their fluency with the L2. WTC can also be conceptualized as fluctuating from moment to moment during the course of L2 use and communication. This also seems to be true for EFL teachers when conducting classes in the target language, but to date, this has not been tested empirically. Thus, this study explores a Japanese EFL teacher's WTC, focusing on its fluctuation over the course of a lesson. All the teacher's oral L2 and L1 utterances in an EFL class were audio and video-recorded for the analysis, which was based on the quantitative data of the teacher's self-rating of WTC for each utterance, and qualitative data obtained through a stimulated recall interview after the lesson. The results of this observational case study show that the teacher's WTC both increased and decreased. The factors underlying this fluctuating WTC are analyzed through the interview, while the implications of the study and further study directions are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan