Motivé(es)

MFL etc...

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‘There is no such thing as motivation.’ Hmm, probably not the best way to start a post about motivation in second language acquisition. What Zoltán Dörnyei in Motivational Strategies in the Language Classroom, means by this is that we cannot exactly define what motivation is. It is an abstract concept that explains human’s behaviour. Motivation is actually made of lots of different motives, such as economical (raise in salary), enjoyment or even the old survival instinct. It is indeed hard to define motivation, yet we all know what a ‘motivated’ student looks like. The qualities that spring to mind would be enthusiastic, keen, and committed. Unfortunately, we also know what a student lacking motivation looks like. Lately I have been reflecting on my motivation to study languages. Why was I motivated to become a linguist? And how can I transmit my motivation to my current students?
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