In this episode, Derek and Brent talk about the tendency among Japanese learners of English to avoid speaking up in class (reticence). Some of the related topics are listed below:

Silence in the Second Language Classroom (Thesis)

The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture

Willingness to Communicate (Yashima) –

Identity and language learning –

Choosing Investment over Engagement –

Self-Determination Theory (Basic Psychological Needs) –

KY (Kuuki Yomeru / Yomenai) –

The Rice Theory of Culture –

Mura Hachbu (Ostracism) –

Japanese Parenting Style – And Differences from the West – 

Amaeru –