- Motivation is key to language acquisition
- Personal interest motivates learning
- Learning another language: the earlier, the better?
- Context for practice is crucial to develop native-like proficiency
"I motivate my students to learn through a variety of ways to keep their interests peaked. The best way i have found so far is through stories. Children, teens and even adults love to listen to stories so that's where I start. Later, they will be able to slowly tell their own stories and eventually become fluent in the language. Music/songs is also very important. Chanting/poetry gives the listener also a chance to absorb the language. Drawing/artworks are also an important element to bring into any language learning. I think we look at language learning too logically and not enough artistically. Eg. we break down sentences, we analyze, we study grammar etc... But in general, language is an art ~ to be listened to , appreciated , and to be shared in a beautiful way without grading the experience with a percentage. which actually "degrades" the experience (haha). So, language acquisition for me is best done through the arts." - Survey RespondentApart from what we have reported above, how do you keep yourself motivated while learning another language? How do you motivate your students? Do you find the results of our survey interesting? Tell us more by leaving a comment! Reference Ortega, L. (2009). Understanding Second Language Acquisition. London: Hodder Education.