Kevin Bartlett is an Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages, Center for Educational Support and International Affairs at Tottori University, Japan. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he has taught English, EFL, LOTE: Japanese and Social studies courses to high school and university students in Japan and Australia. His research interests include applied linguistics, second language acquisition, social and cultural anthropology, and Japanese society and culture.
This presentation explores the results of a survey of 77 university students and 21 high school teachers about their high school and university experiences. Results show that even though curriculum implementation has promoted communicative and group focused tasks, the amount of opportunities to speak in the classroom are still lacking, which has an impact on student motivation and willingness to communicate in the university classroom. Hints about improving communicative output in the classroom are provided.