Kay Irie is a Professor at the Faculty of International Social Sciences, Gakushuin University, Tokyo. She is involved in developing and managing the English language program to support EMI. She also teaches at the Graduate College of Education at Temple University Japan. Her research interests include language learning psychology, learner autonomy, and research methods in these areas, including Q-methodology.
Language classes are often intended to prepare learners to engage in successful communication. Communication is regarded as the means and ends of language learning. Yet, there has been very little discussion of what else communication can bring to learners. In this talk, I will explore some practical ideas from communication studies, using a model of positive communication, and consider how these might facilitate the development of healthy communities of language learners and teachers.
Q-methodology is an underused research method to identify subjective views within a community about a particular topic. It includes both elements of quantitative and qualitative techniques to investigate people’s opinions without breaking them into a limited number of variables. In this workshop, I will give an overview of the method, take the audience through the basic steps, and consider its application. The workshop will include hands-on experiences and information on various software applications.
The end of the show, and we will welcome some of our plenary, featured, and invited guest speakers to offer some final words and reflections on the conference. Audience participants will be encouraged to ask questions and offer insights of their own. After the panel discussion we will here about what is to come for JALT2021!