ATSUSHI IIDA (GUNMA UNIVERSITY)

JAPANESE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS€™ PERCEPTIONS ON SECOND LANGUAGE POETRY WRITING : OTHERS

This qualitative, case-study research aims to examine Japanese EFL writers’ perceptions and attitudes toward the task of composing haiku – a three-line Japanese poem with a specific number of syllables in each line – in English. In this study, 27 participants who experienced haiku writing in a first-year college English course were assigned to write self-reflection essays on the task. Data came from 27 reflection papers submitted by the participants. Data analysis consisted of six phases of thematic analysis (Braun & Clarke, 2006). This study showed that the students’ responses were categorized into five themes: difficulty, awareness, skills, affect, and reflective practice. It also revealed that the value of haiku writing was for Japanese students to develop English literacy, improve the ability to express themselves, engage in reflective practice, and learn English from different aspects. I will discuss the implications of these findings for pedagogy and future research directions.

Atsushi Iida is an Associate Professor of English and the Chair of Foreign Language Education at Gunma University. His research interests include L2 poetry writing, literature in L2 education, and writing for academic publication. He has published his work in various journals including Assessing Writing, Qualitative Inquiry, and System.