Tag Archives: learner motivation

Engaging ELs Who Are Disengaged During Virtual Learning

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

If you are an educator of English learners (ELs) who is instructing your students virtually, you are probably having difficulty successfully engaging them. This is especially true if you have newcomers in your class. For online learning in virtual classrooms, … Continue reading

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7 Tips for Better Classroom Discussions

A. C. Kemp
A. C. Kemp

We’ve all been there: You introduce what you think is a red-hot topic to discuss, but when you ask the first question, there’s so much silence you can hear the classroom clock ticking. Or, in a class of 30, two … Continue reading

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Get Motivated: Inspirational Quotes for Students

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

At the beginning of the last year, I shared motivational quotes about teaching. With the coming of this New Year, I would like to share some quotes that we teachers can share with our students to motivate and encourage them. … Continue reading

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Grit, Resilience, and Conation in Adult ESOL

Robert Sheppard
Rob Sheppard

Two learners, both smart, both with strong extrinsic motivations to learn English, beset by similar adversities: one adapts, persists, overcomes, and emerges that much the stronger. The other becomes frustrated, loses heart, gives up, and ultimately fails to achieve fluency. … Continue reading

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Developing Writing Skills Through Personal Journals

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

A few years ago, when I was studying English in an intensive English program, I asked my writing instructor what I could do to improve my writing skills. I had a hard time coming up with ideas, so I asked … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Two New Year Classroom Activities

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Sarah Sahr

Celebrating the start of a new year has always been a favorite holiday of mine. During this time of year, in most countries I’ve lived in, regardless of religion, a country’s true culture rings through in song, festivals, and food. … Continue reading

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Investment, Identity, and Language Learning

Bonny Norton
Bonny Norton

In my early research with adults in Canada (published in the TESOL Quarterly, 1995), I observed that existing theories of motivation in the field of language learning were not consistent with the findings from my research. Most theories at the … Continue reading

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