Training for seeking internships abroad

Stella Yamazaki & Tatsuroh Yamazaki

In good economic times courses which teach students job-hunting skills for employment abroad may appeal to those with strong L2 goals. In bad economic times, such courses might be perceived as unrealistic. We report on the rejection of such a course by an entire class of lower-level, non-English university majors; our literature search to clarify student motivation, and the successful program of study that ultimately resulted. The theories of Dörnyei (2009) on the Ideal L2 Self and the investigation of Egbert (2003) into flow in the language classroom were of vital importance in constructing the new course. While small student numbers did not allow us to draw firm conclusions, the results obtained from our experience could fuel further research into the role of the ideal self and flow in language learning motivation.