Extrinsic motivation is a motivation to learn caused by external pressures such as work, because a parent has sent a learner to class, or the need to gain a qualification in the language. It contrasts with intrinsic motivation, which is an internal force such as interest in learning a language to communicate with other people or for further personal development in general.

Exams preparation classes often have a high degree of extrinsic motivation as learners are attending class to pass an exam, often for work purposes.

In the classroom
Many teachers believe that intrinsic motivation is rare in learners. Learners often have a mixture of the two types of motivation, or change from one to another.

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