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

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

    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.


    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,

    TE Team


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