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Story-based Methodology for Developing Learning Strategies
Soka University, Japan
Carefully selected stories can motivate and engage ESL students who otherwise struggle with language acquisition. In the context of Japan where students entering university are unfamiliar with language learning strategies, the integration of strategy instruction within a course which implements story-based methodology could increase the amount of success students experience in the course and later in their future language development. As a component of an ongoing graduate thesis, the results of a needs assessment for such a course will be presented, based on questionnaires from twenty-eight beginner to lower intermediate Japanese university students and interviews with nine teachers.