ERIC Number: ED187145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Motivation in Language Learning. CATESOL Occasional Papers, No. 5.
Teaching techniques for motivating students to acquire a second language are discussed. The methodology must be suited to the aptitudes, interests, and personalities of learners and teachers. Objectives must relate to the student population, linguistic performance, and communicative competence. Crucial to motivation are the techniques of selection, gradation, presentation, and meaningful practice of interrelated phonological, morphological, lexical, syntactical, and cultural items. Teachers must: (1) use the mother tongue sparingly; (2) make everything clear to the students; (3) keep the students' everyday language needs in mind; (4) adapt texts to individual classes; (5) individualize instruction; (6) give students a feeling of achievement; (7) promote awareness and acceptance of cultural pluralism through discussion of native cultures; (8) assist students in transferring knowledge acquired to new language situations; and (9) give frequent, brief, previously announced tests to keep students aware of their progress. Students need to be respected, challenged, and successful to learn language while teachers need to be self-confident and dedicated to motivate the learners. (PMJ)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Communicative Competence (Languages), Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Objectives, Grammar, Individualized Instruction, Interference (Language), Material Development, Media Selection, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Student Attitudes, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Motivation, Student Needs, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Note: Revised version of paper presented at the CATESOL State Conference (San Francisco, CA, March, 1978).