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.