Yoshie Ochi is a lecturer at Ehime University and Matsuyama University. Her research interests include interpreting training methods, learner autonomy, second language acquisition and cognitive psychology. She obtained an M.A. in TESOL at Teachers College Columbia University.
EFL learners must use their second language (L2) to learn well, but this is challenging. Research was conducted to explore unknown relationships between learner autonomy, self-efficacy, and student preferences for instructional language on their willingness to communicate (WTC). Participants (n=100) from first- and second-year EFL university classes in Western Japan completed questionnaires at the beginning, middle, and end of two 15-week terms. Presenters discuss significant correlations between all four variables.