MICHAEL WILKINS (KWANSEI GAKUIN UNIVERSITY)

LEARNING STRATEGIES FROM POLYGLOT LANGUAGE LEARNERS : LANGUAGE LEARNING

Language learners and teachers struggle daily across the globe to make progress in foreign languages. Some succeed but many feel frustration with perceived slow progress that can often turn to demotivation and perceived failure. Second language researchers spend their time trying to understand the language learning process to aid students and their teachers but have often only limited success. One group however experiences very high levels of success among language learners, polyglots. Polyglot language learners have a wide variety of views on how to learn a language and many of them conflict with SLA orthodoxy. This ethnographic study looks at the language learning strategies among highly successful language learners to find commonalities and patterns that may be of use to other language learners and their teachers.

Michael Wilkins is originally from the West Coast of Canada. He has been teaching English at various levels in Japan for over 20 years. He holds a M.Sc. in Education from Temple University Japan. He is currently an instructor at the Language Center of Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan.