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Coping with low motivation: Building the fire for students

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Nguyen, HB and Jang, SH and Yang, Y, Coping with low motivation: Building the fire for students, The International journal of learning, 17, (8) pp. 345-354. ISSN 1447-9494 (2010) [Refereed Article]

Abstract

Theoretically and statistically bolstered by numerous studies in the past decades, motivation has favorably been considered as a crucial key to successful language learning. Accordingly, students' lack of motivation, which can seriously hinder the learning process, always presents a tough challenge for EFL teachers. One encouraging fact is that student motivation can be triggered and built up not only internally but also externally, as indicated by many psycho-linguists. In other words, teachers have the capacity to activate students' eagerness for learning because their attitudes and behaviors are potentially modifiable. Although a large number of published papers have specifically addressed this issue of motivation in language learning, not many of them go beyond the theoretical discussion. Against this backdrop, this paper discusses a variety of practical techniques and strategies which teachers can adopt to foster learning motivation in their own classrooms. These motivation-enhancing strategies, with a focus on EFL teaching and learning at tertiary level in Asian countries, will hopefully offer an efficient guide for teachers to make language learning a more fruitful and enjoyable experience. © Common Ground, Boi Hoang Nguyen, Sun Hee Jang, Yang Yang.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Motivation, Extrinsic motivation, motivation strategies, motivation techniques
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and Pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and Instruction
Objective Field:Pedagogy
Author:Nguyen, HB (Dr Hoang Nguyen)
Author:Jang, SH (Ms Sunny Jang)
Author:Yang, Y (Dr Yang Yang)
ID Code:68066
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2011-03-09
Last Modified:2014-12-21
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