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Teaching pathways: How to motivate learners

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This course will help you to start creating your own motivational learning environment. Learn about what affects motivation and discover some of the different ways you can energise and engage your students.

Enrollment for this course has now ended. The course will be available again in 2022

Welcome to “Teaching pathways: How to motivate learners”.

During this engaging four-week course, you will learn about some of the theories of motivation and discuss how they relate to your teaching and your students’ learning. You will explore different classroom strategies and learn about the role of feedback in motivation. You will analyse which activities are energising and motivational for learners, as well as looking into some of the more common motivational problems, and how the ‘gamification’ of activities can be developed in a practical sense.

How does the course work?

  • Sign up for a free TeachingEnglish account, or log in to your existing account
  • Click the enrol button
  • Join the course and start learning

About the course

  • Nine hours of engaging and interactive content to help you learn and develop your teaching skills at your own pace.
  • Real-time up-to-date insight, resources and innovative ideas for you to try out and engaging discussions taking place in a dedicated community of course participants.
  • Two live events with your course tutor and language teaching experts - at the end of week 1 and at the end of week 4.

Modules

Module 1: Understanding learner motivation

The aim of this module is to introduce some common theories of motivation and consider how these theories relate to teaching and learning. You'll find out about elements of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, as well as the importance of micro aspects of motivation in the classroom.

By the end of this module, you'll be able to:

  • define what's meant by motivation in a learning context
  • identify and illustrate elements of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
  • compare macro and micro motivation
  • analyse biological drives and describe how to minimise any negative effects they may have on motivation within the classroom.
Module 2: Understanding motivation in the classroom

The aim of this module is to enable you to create a motivational classroom environment. It covers classroom strategies to create a motivational atmosphere and the role of feedback in motivation.

By the end of this module, you'll be able to:

  • recognise the qualities of a motivational teacher and the benefits of having motivated learners in the classroom
  • evaluate how to create a motivational classroom environment
  • identify strategies to improve motivation in the classroom
  • assess the significance of collecting feedback from learners
  • create a motivational atmosphere for the lessons or activities you currently use.
Module 3: Engaging with motivational activities

The aim of this module is to consider how different classroom activities can be energising and motivational for learners. The module looks at different common motivational problems and how targeted classroom activities can minimise these. The ‘gamification’ of activities is also developed in a practical sense.

By the end of this  module, you’ll be able to:

  • identify and solve motivational issues and problems and suggest solutions
  • evaluate the concepts of using personalisation and differentiation in the classroom
  • be more aware of how personalisation and differentiation could motivate your learners
  • create motivational games for use in your classrooms.

Start dates and duration

Enrollment for this course has now ended. The course will be available again in 2022

Cost

This module is available free of charge

Certificates

For participants who successfully complete all tasks and achieve a score of 70% or above in the online exercises, there will be a downloadable certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Level of English required

CEFR B1 and above