Departmental Bulletin Paper Willingness to Communicate: A Case Study

Chivers, Leslie

Willingness to Communicate (WTC) is a useful conceptual construct in examining second language (L2) communication. This case study utilizes the WTC construct to investigate one student’s willingness or unwillingness to engage in second language (L2) use with native English speaker (NES) and Japanese students of English and examines how the participant’s responses demonstrate links to other components of the WTC construct. The study found that WTC with specific interlocutors is influenced by orientations to learning the L2, affiliations to gender within the L2 group and proficiency levels in the first language (L1) group.

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