SLA literature tends to focus predominantly on what motivates language learners, but what demotivates them has not been widely discussed. This book, focusing exclusively on demotivation, will help readers to understand motivational issues from a different perspective. The aims of the work are threefold: to present the current developments of demotivation research in the field of SLA and bridge motivational theory/research and demotivation research; to promote the understanding of possible causes of demotivation; and to expand the focus of demotivation research through a reflection on current motivation theory/research and a discussion of methodological issues. The research presented in this book is situated in Japanese English-teaching contexts and will serve as a foundation for anyone wishing to better understand the causes of demotivation in SLA and to explore the topic in their own contexts.
Keita Kikuchi is currently an associate professor at Kanagawa University. He obtained an MA in ESL from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and an EdD in TESOL from Temple University. His research interests include curriculum development, educational psychology and second language acquisition, especially individual differences. He has been working in this field for over 10 years.
Introduction 1 Understanding Demotivation 2 Prior Focus of Demotivation Studies 3 The Importance of Demotivators in Second Language Acquisition 4 A Survey Study to Test Demotivator Models 5 Learner and Teacher Perceptions of Demotivators 6 Learner Reflections: Demotivators in Secondary School 7 Uncovering Demotivators Beyond the Classroom 8 Summary of Findings from Studies of Demotivators 9 Motivational Strategies and Demotivation 10 Future Explorations of Demotivators References Appendices