Motivation is the fuel necessary to keep human machine running! : How to motivate your students as a language teacher?

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1- Explore more about teaching!

A teacher who uses a variety of teaching methods, customized to the

individual needs of the learners will be more successful in engaging them

towards achieving the L2 learning targets. This suggests that the more English

teachers explore teaching methods and strategies, the more successful they will be in engaging the students in learning activities or tasks.

2- Be student centered! Balance the tasks: If your students  are motivated then you are motivated


Spaulding (in Wu, 2003) proposed a balance between challenging tasks

and easy tasks which is one effective way to improve learners’ selfconfidence.

This, later, boosts motivation in learning. The way it is theorized

by Vygotsky that learners feel they are developing new competencies

only when they can accomplish challenging tasks with some assistance

from a more skilled person. Tasks that fall within students’ comfort and

stretch zones tend to be more motivating than those that are too demanding.

Also, tasks that allow learners to experience more success rather than failure are a great boost to learner motivation.


3- Integrate skills! : Use realia, visual aids

Both oral and written instructional texts or materials used as classroom
materials should be interesting and relevant to the learners. These texts
should build students’ interests in learning English, and make use of these
materials as a starting point for learning more materials. Also, the materials
should create real-life situations where the students engage in their daily
social encounters.

It is important to bear in mind that the texts should also
be pitched at or slightly above their current level of proficiency. In other
words, materials should spark students’ interests and fall within the remit.


4-Be passionate about teaching!


Some characteristics of motivated teachers are enthusiasticresourceful,

creative, and strict. Wilson (2012) outlines some key motivational factors,

and the first one is teacher enthusiasm. The word, “enthusiasm,” itself refers to

a strong excitement of feeling. Dornyei (2001) defines enthusiastic teachers as

the ones who love their subject matter and who show their dedication and their

passion that there is nothing else on earth they would rather be doing. They are

very passionate about their profession.



Hadfield, 1992,

Dörnyei, 2001


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