Ways to Boost Motivation in Learning English

The English language is an acknowledged international communication instrument that creates new possibilities and helps to discover new worlds; however, the journey to these peaks can be not so simple. Research has shown that it is required on average more than 18 months of everyday training for at least 60 minutes a day to achieve the level of language proficiency that could be described as good enough for multiple purposes (Upper-Intermediate).

The learning process is like climbing an iceberg — you can reach the peak only if you will move fast and steady, but if you stay a little longer on the slope you will slide back very fast. Apparently, one can overcome the inertia in such a case with strong motivation in learning English (i.e., in this context, setting a goal and being aware of the desire to do the right thing in achieving it).

Let us discover the types of motives and the ways to use them.

Motivation Types and Sources

It often takes many years to learn a foreign language (at school, high school, training, and etc.) but there still can be no result. This is a sign that there is no goal and this results in a lack of productivity.

On the other hand, if you want to work in a high-profile company as a manager you will need to use English at the Intermediate level which will help you to gradually climb onto the "iceberg". The best way to boost the motivation in learning English in students is having a goal to obtain an education abroad.

Along with positive motivation, there can be negative motivation with the following grounds:

  • fear to fail in trust of parents or managers;
  • fear to end in a fiasco during a public event, and so on.

For example, being on the verge of vital negotiations with English-speaking partners gets a major incentive to improve their language knowledge.

There are two types of motivation — external (when you need something to do something) and internal (I want to learn something because...) and the most powerful force is this desire to achieve the goal at hand.

Increasing Motivation in Learning Languages

Despite of the reasoning on gifts and skills of a particular student, ineffectiveness in learning a foreign language is rooted in the lack of motivation.

To maintain the intention to learn a language to the desired level you can use a few easy practices, such as:

  • Breaking goals down: It is usually a good idea to set the goals for a week/quarter instead of having a single remote goal to speak fluently a foreign language at some future time which can seem to be an impossible achievement at the start of your journey;
  • Having a system of supporting settings: You can fill in specifically prepared check-lists where you can check the box when you complete the task;
  • Attract additional sources of inspiration: Exploring success stories of people who also have learned English and have achieved success in a specific field because of their new knowledge, or learning the language in your favourite coffee shop.
  • The key is to build a group of people with similar interests because it is easier to support each other in a friendly environment sharing concerns, life-hacks, and progress with someone who learns the language just like you.

Other great motivators are engaged correspondence with a foreigner, enthusiastic web communications with a language partner, and attending local language schools.

Positive Emotions in Learning

A vital part of improving the motivation to learn the English language is a positive attitude and encouragement. You shall have this in mind right at the stage of choosing additional study methodologies. Accordingly, gamers can use various language applications — it is a fun and convenient way to learn vocabulary, and most of them are equipped with the tools that help to evaluate your knowledge objectively by giving points for correct answers.

If you are a music addict you have a great option to learn the English language by translating the lyrics of your favourite English hits — these are easy to memorize and are full of new words and expressions, and, what is the best, making your translation instantly gives you the feeling of progress in learning the language as you can see the practical results of your efforts.

The readers can enjoy the authentic books starting from the adapted books and gradually progressing to the original works, and this means a lot of good vibes to drive and maintain motivation.

Please remember to encourage yourself when you check a box in your to-do list or earn more points in your application.

English for Children

While speaking English has recently become kinda fashion — a mix of cool and useful in modern society, children only can learn about it from the grown-ups, and the methodologies utilizing the games ensure that the young students have a strong motivation. This is why the parents who have long-term perspectives consider the options which provide for the study with native speakers right from the preschool institutions.

This option can be provided, for example, by the British CIS International School that uses international Cambridge plans — the educational institution which helps the child to become a bilingual and obtain the certificate of secondary education along with the Cambridge Certificate (for more details on how the children of different ages can apply and study please visit the website or contact the CIS by phone).

These educational institutions are the best environment to boost a child's natural motivation in learning English as a tool to communicate with educators, teachers, and fellows. This explains the reliably high result — children become bilingual very easily and know the English language as their second language.

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