Richard S. Pinner and Richard J. Sampson
Classroom Research and Complexity Perspectives
This plenary talk will focus on the ways that practitioner inquiries are uniquely positioned to provide valuable insights into the complexity of additional language learning. After an introduction to complexity perspectives, the majority of the talk will offer concrete examples of the presenters’ inquiries through action research, exploratory practice, and autoethnography, and how complexity informed or added to the understandings emergent from teaching and research.
Richard S. Pinner is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at Sophia University. He holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT from King’s College London and a PhD from The University of Warwick. He is the author of three books, as well as several articles, which have appeared in international journals such as Language Teaching Research and TESOL Quarterly. His research focuses on the dynamic relationship between authenticity and motivation in language teaching and learning.
Richard J. Sampson is an Associate Professor at Rikkyo University, Japan. He holds a Master of Applied Linguistics from the University of Southern Queensland (Australia) and a PhD from Griffith University (Australia). He is the author and co-editor (with Richard Pinner) of two books dealing with complexity perspectives on additional language learning, and author of numerous research articles published in international journals. He uses action research approaches with his own classes to give voice to the complex, situated experience of language learner psychology and sociality.