Unit 2: Motivating students to read and write

Reading and writing in a second language is a challenging task for any learner.

How do teachers rise to the challenge of motivating students to develop these skills and keep them engaged? In this video, you’ll see some efficient and stimulating techniques to keep learners interested, energised and on task.

Part 1 focuses on a range of techniques and approaches which have proved successful in sustaining motivation, whilst ensuring learning takes place.

Part 2 focuses in particular on learner responses to two examples of motivating activities.

Part 3 follows one teacher’s response to a challenging classroom situation, with successful results.


  • Download the session notes below. The notes contain discussion, video-viewing and reflection tasks.
  • Follow the tasks by going through the video in sequence.
  • The video and session notes are designed as self-study resources to be worked through together. Techniques are transferable to other classes in other contexts.

Video titles:

Part 1: Motivating techniques

Part 2: Motivating students

Part 3: Motivating students in challenging situations


With thanks to the following teachers and their classes, for their contribution to the video footage (in order of appearance): Mili Bhattacharya (India), Nandini Sarangal (India), Serhat Tomas (Turkey), Eun Mi Han (South Korea), Yvonne Lee (Taiwan), Kakul Kapoor (India), Gladys Fanyn Yeh (Taiwan), Juli Jang (South Korea).

Session notes developed by Marianne Tudor-Craig.

Video produced by Jane Boylan.



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    Submitted by Cath McLellan on Fri, 01/08/2016 - 10:40


    Hi Umaru, There are a lot of resources for teaching students with different special needs on the site. Here are a few that you might find interesting. http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/identifying-working-dyslexic-students - a seminar which deals with myths related to dyslexic students, and strategies and techniques to use in the classroom. http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/speech-language-impairment - an article with more teaching ideas. http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/blogs/%C3%B6zge-karao%C4%9Flu/digital-storytelling - this is a link to a blog with various digital storytelling resources and how to use them in the classroom, including voice recording tools which might be interesting to use with dyslexic students. I hope these links help, Cath

    Submitted by Ephrem Palathingal on Sun, 05/29/2016 - 14:58


    The clips showed my own country kids....West Bengal, India and N.Delhi. The direct "touch by hand" experience is very worth emulation. Children will intake into the long term memory easily, asked to see in nature all what is mentioned in the lesson. Step by step, ad writing and news paper habituation is my manthra in the class....very real time methodology.

    Submitted by Derek Spafford on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 01:29

    In reply to by dave68


    Hi Dave The video is working fine for me. click on one of the smaller blue windows and it should play in the larger window above. If this doesn't work try a different browser. Let me know if you have any more problems. Cheers Del

    Submitted by Derek Spafford on Sat, 10/15/2016 - 08:28

    In reply to by dave68


    Hi Dave Unfortunately the video is not available for downloading. Best wishes Del

    Hi, Unfortunately our videos are not available for downloading, only for watching directly from the site. Thanks, Cath

    Submitted by suchanya pemmakitti on Tue, 08/22/2017 - 14:36


    Useful videos for motivating. I can adapt for my class.

    Submitted by adamevans on Mon, 01/08/2018 - 09:41


    I really enjoyed this. Thanks for all the hard work that went into it.

    Submitted by mgdebianchetti on Wed, 01/24/2018 - 19:05


    Sorry, but I can't see the videos. I click on the small boxes and the big box pop up and that's it. No more than that.

    Submitted by Cath McLellan on Thu, 01/25/2018 - 13:48

    In reply to by mgdebianchetti


    Hi, Sorry to hear you are having problems. I've just checked the videos and they are working fine. Can you try using a different web browser (Chrome, Firefox for example)? Then try clicking on the boxes again. Hope that helps, Cath TE Team

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