Motivation has been defined as the urge to create and sustain intentions and goal-seeking acts. The more motivated you are, the more you are likely to be actively involved in your learning and to take a positive attitude.
Motivation is not one single entity and many factors are involved. The applied linguists Oxford and Shearin have picked out six factors that have an influence on motivation in language learning: attitudes, beliefs, goals, involvement, environmental support and personal attributes.
Attitudes: How do you feel towards learning and using English? / Beliefs: Do you think that you will be able to become a good language learner? / Goals: What are your current and future targets in terms of English? / Involvement: Do you play an active role in English language discussions in your classroom? / Environmental support: Does your English teacher, family members and friends support your English language learning? / Personal attributes: Are you capable of working very hard and not giving up in the process of becoming a GELL?
LISTEN TO THE VOICES BELOW, TALKING ABOUT THEIR MOTIVATIONS (PLEASE TURN UP THE VOLUME ON YOUR SPEAKERS AND THINK ABOUT YOUR OWN MOTIVATION TO LEARN AND USE ENGLISH):
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