ERIC Number: ED111214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Motivating Students in the Foreign Language Classroom.
Grittner, Frank M.
Motivating students to study foreign languages is a unique problem within American culture. Experience suggests that Americans are psychologically inhibited from identifying with other people because of sensitiveness to their immigrant past. Some foreign language educators have concluded that, because of this past, teaching of foreign languages will always be difficult, if not impossible, in most American schools. Others feel that this factor merely makes foreign language instruction more difficult, but not impossible. According to the latter view, the key to motivating American students lies in getting them intrinsically motivated. The problem is that foreign language acquisition requires the learning of a great deal of material which, in itself, is not intrinsically motivating. As a result, many teachers attempt to force-feed the material into students. This tends to drive them out of foreign language study and to reduce enrollment levels to the point where the program is financially questionnable. Thus, the key to success in the American foreign language classroom lies in making the necessary drill material palatable without having the classroom deteriorate into "fun and games." The article discusses the above-mentioned problem and suggests techniques for motivating students in the context of American education. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Speech given at the Southern Conference of Language Teaching (10th, Atlanta, Georgia, October 11, 1974)