Developing Student's Motivation to Learn Foreign Language in Tertiary Classroom and Beyond

Natalia V. Aksenova, Denis V. Shepetovsky, Veronika E. Mironova, Svetlana N. Stepura, Inna L. Pichugova

Abstract


Correction of time deficit in acquiring the required level of command of English is possible only due to more active use of extramural activities: student's independent work and project work. Unfortunately, many students, especially those at a lower levels of command of language have insufficient motivation to continue their learning. The aim of the paper is to present a set of techniques used to boost motivation to learn English among students of engineering tertiary school. The techniques used were partially borrowed from secondary and primary school practice and adapted to suit the new demographics. At the heart of the method is the notion to make students use language outside classroom in preselected but non-adapted context: reading excerpts from Wikipedia, declamation, creative tasks. It is further informed by psychology and builds upon feeling of fulfillment binding it with studying English. The method was applied to several group of engineering students and resulted in some increase in attendance and significant increase in attempts at homework which we interpret as indicators of increased motivation. Intensive use of different games, unusual tasks and assignments allowed students to show their creative ability and imagination. The use of authentic materials while a naturally more challenging task is more rewarding not only from linguistic point of view, but motivationally as well. Many students regardless their level of English are interested in technology and results of modern research. This interest may and should be used to boost motivation.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2015.v6n5s1p240


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