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Shinrigaku Kenkyu. 2013 Dec;84(5):488-97.

[Psychological processes predicting the English communication behavior of Japanese high school students].

[Article in Japanese]

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Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, Department of Social Psychology, University of Tokyo, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan.


This study presents a new model of psychological processes to predict English communication behaviors of Japanese high school students. Various models have been proposed in Japan, based mainly on Canadian models, to predict second-language communication behaviors. This study shows problems with the previous models in Japan and introduces a new model from the perspective of "Expectancy-Value Theory". Questionnaire Survey 1 compared the previous model and the modified models which suggested that a new psychological variable, "Value in English Communication", was necessary to construct the new model. In Survey 2, the new model was further modified by incorporating into it various English learning values which the Japanese have. This study makes a significant contribution to studies and practices of teaching English as a foreign language in Japan.

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