Motivation Value in TEFL Teaching
Motivation is the act of giving a reason or reason to carry out a task and or function. In today’s society schools are becoming more and more diverse and as such it provides teachers and students an extra task to try and learn about individuals in their surroundings. As we all know, a student’s background plays a role in the student’s receptive and productive skills. Hence the reason for building rapport with students. Not all students are self-motivated, so teachers need to motivate them and encourage them to develop self-motivation. Motivating students is essential as it promotes learning, growth and self-development, and truancy reduction in schools.
This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Oleh K. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.
Firstly, motivation promotes learning. A student can become tired and bored during a lesson, especially if they do not understand what is happening. As such, the teacher would need to come up with ways of keeping her style active and exciting and ensuring that these said students are learning. One such method is by motivating the students. Motivation can be done in different forms or ways. It can be verbal motivation where the teacher would give the students a motivational speech about the importance of education and learning. The teacher could motivate the students by playing games in between or at the end of the lesson if students participated in the learning exercise as well as giving gifts to students when they get their classwork, homework, and even test correctly such as a certificate of achievement or just even a simple sticker. With all these different forms or ways of motivation highlighted, it would encourage the students to always be attentive in class.
Secondly, motivation also promotes growth and self-development. When a teacher motivates a student, it does not just encourage learning. It helps to boost their confidence level because they know that the teacher will guide them, which links right back to the promotion of education. For example, a student is not clear of a topic or question, so he would need to ask the teacher to explain whether openly so his classmates may hear or one to one with the teacher. A teacher can also motivate a student to do so many things that will benefit the student, allowing the student to grow and develop him/herself, which would become beneficial to the learning process. This is so because the student will participate actively in the class and assist his/her classmates.
Finally, the motivation of students can reduce the truancy level in school. Truancy is when a student stays away from school. Truancy can occur in school because of the lack of motivation from either the student, family, or simply the school in its entirety. Motivating students takes place with teachers and the principal, and other staff members and students. Principals can indirectly motivate students by making it mandatory for the teachers to take students on field trips or even having functions and social events for students and implementing breakfast programs and recess. Another way to motivate students to eliminate the truancy level is by giving students a certificate for their attendance in school. This will encourage students to attend a school that will promote learning, self-growth, and self-development.
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