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Motivating Students in the EFL Classroom: A Case Study of Perspectives

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Author(s): Rima Bahous | Nahla Bacha | Mona Nabhani

Journal: English Language Teaching
ISSN 1916-4742

Volume: 4;
Issue: 3;
Date: 2011;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Motivating EFL students to develop in the target language is quite complex. In many cases, these students face difficulties in learning English and are often demotivated to learn. Research in classroom motivation has found that certain strategies can help these students adopt more positive attitudes and become more motivated in the learning process. This exploratory study investigates the perceptions through interviewing students and surveying teachers’ views in an EFL Program of the problems that hinder these students’ learning in the English classes related to motivation. Findings show that learners are not motivated to learn English because of an over-focus on writing skills with very little new learning experiences, uninteresting materials, and unclear links between language courses and their majors or future careers. Results also indicate that teachers complain of unmotivated students and pre-structured syllabi leaving little room for communicative methods. Implications are made for the classroom
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