Using milestones as motivation: Agency for dissertation writing in English

Scheduling Details
Presentation Date
Thu, September 06, 3:45 pm
Final Time
4:15 pm
Presentation Room
Presentation Format
Short paper (30 minutes)
Presenter Details
Stuart Warrington (Nagoya University of Commerce & Business)
Writing an undergraduate dissertation in English can prove a daunting task for English language majors in Japan. Although perhaps able to brainstorm pathways to achieve this, they may still fail to use such routes because they lack the agency to actualise them. In this presentation, a case study addressing this issue will be discussed. It explored 14 English language majors’ histories of milestones and their subsequent reflections on the pathways and agency to achieve these. This was undertaken to gauge the impact these had in motivating such learners to envisage the pathways and agency to successfully write a 4000-word dissertation.
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