Teaching Younger Learners Teaching Children Poster Session
Fostering Young Learners’ Confidence and Love Toward Learning English
The early stages of young learners’ education have the potential to form a solid foundation for children’s lifelong English language learning, so there is a need to research learners’ attitudes and motivation. This presentation reports on research examining the motivation among Japanese children learning English at a public elementary school. 195 3rd and 4th graders were surveyed about their learning experiences in order to better understand their preferences and attitudes towards lessons, activities and materials.
Natsuki Suzuki teaches several public elementary schools in Tokyo and is on the cusp of being awarded her master’s degree from the English Department of Aoyama Gakuin University. She researches the type and nature of motivation that is most effective for supporting children’s successful learning, both in the classroom and beyond. Her research interest also includes storytelling, music and magic as ways to teach, inspire and make children smile.