The effect of topic interest and choice in second language journal writing


  • John Eidswick Kyoto Sangyo University
  • Mayumi Asaba Kwansei Gakuin University



interest, choice, motivation, Educational Psychology


This study investigates the influences of interest and choice on the production of second language (L2) journal entries by first-year students (N = 88, 55 female, 33 male) at a university in western Japan. Between treatment groups and a neutral group, several aspects of writing were examined: total words, words per sentence, grammatical accuracy, and lexical sophistication (K1, K2, and AWL words). Further enquiry into students' preferred choice conditions was conducted with a post-treatment questionnaire. The results suggest that the provision of choice and interestingness of a topic affect some of the variables but not others. Pedagogical implications and suggested future research are discussed.

Author Biographies

John Eidswick, Kyoto Sangyo University

John Eidswick is Associate Professor at the Institute of General Education, Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan.

Mayumi Asaba, Kwansei Gakuin University

Mayumi Asaba is Assistant Professor at the School of International Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan.


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How to Cite

Eidswick, J., & Asaba, M. (2018). The effect of topic interest and choice in second language journal writing. Writing & Pedagogy, 10(1-2), 161-190.



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