June 03, 2014

What's is the study all about?

My office where most of this is written

This is the second 'working title' for my PhD research project. What that means is that I haven't decided the title yet, but it's going to be something like this:

The Social and Individual Flow of Authenticity: A study of Japanese university students’ views of authenticity and its relationship to the international status of English

I think this title covers the most important parts of the study, but of course since this is a PhD the title has to be quite long to explain all the specifics of the project.

Here's a slightly more detailed overview of what I'm doing for the research project and the methodology I'm using:

English is changing, and with its ever more international status the issue of authenticity within language teaching is changing too. In this inquiry I set out to learn more about how students understand the concept of authenticity as it relates to them personally, as social individuals, and how this affects their motivation to study English.
Using exploratory practice and narrative inquiry as the main techniques for my research, I will examine authenticity by looking at the work students produce in class and keeping a teaching journal as I progress through the course. I will look at two classes; English majors and non-English majors, in order to examine the students’ ideas about authenticity in English.


Research Blog – Introduction to my project

Welcome to this research blog! I'm Richard Pinner and I'm a PhD candidate at the University of Warwick. I'm also an assistant professor at Sophia University. This blog is created with three types of people in mind.

1) My students and research participants. The people helping me with my research by sharing their learning experiences with me.

2) Myself - the act of recording and keeping this blog is part of the research method I am using

3) Interested third parties such as my supervisors, colleagues or fellow students, teachers and researchers.

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoy what you find here. Please do add comments and post your ideas because that is the main reason for my keeping a public research blog like this.


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