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Motivation

Motivation

Motivation is an essential part of learning a skill. This lesson combines traditional approaches to motivation with the role of a self-concept in motivation.

The traditional approaches include:

  • The topic - football is probably the most popular sport in the world so the subject matter is motivating.
  • The tasks - the activities are designed to offer variety which should maintain the strength of a learners’ desire throughout the lesson and the final activity focuses on fluency which can give learners a sense of progress.

In professional sports psychology, athletes and coaches recognise the value of a positive self-concept and practise visualising success. In this lesson, learners are encouraged to compare themselves to professional footballers who have moved to the UK to play. They will be asked to visualise a successful future-self living and prospering in the UK or another English speaking country.
 

Procedure

1. Discussion

Divide the class into small groups. Write the five questions on the board and ask learners to answer the questions together.

  1. Why is it important to learn English?
  2. Do you speak English regularly?
  3. Who will you speak English with in the future?
  4. Where will you speak English in the future?
  5. Do you have a favourite word or phrase in English?

Tell the learners to write down the best answers from the group. Monitor your learners, looking for interesting answers. After your learners have finished discussing and have written down their answers, nominate members from each group and ask them to share their ideas with the class.

2. Watch

Premier Skills English > Players > Player Interviews > Topic - English 

Ask the learners to watch the video on Premier Skills English.

3. Watch: Feedback

Ask the learners to work in pairs and complete the quotes with the words the players say.

Distribute handout 1: Quotes

4. Discussion: Feedback

Ask the learners to return to their small groups from the start of the lesson to compare their answers from the discussion with the players’ ideas.

5. Role play: Preparation

Tell the learners that before they do the role play, they are going to do a visualisation exercise. Tell the learners the date (10 years in the future). Tell them that they are like the Premier League players and have moved to England (or another English speaking country) to work and have become really successful.

Distribute handout 2: Future-selves 

Ask the learners to look at the future-selves questions and think about the questions. There is no need for the students to make notes, but they can if they want.

6. Role play

Tell the learners that they are going to take part in a role play interview for a popular weekly magazine. The magazine in your country runs a feature on successful expats (people living abroad). Your learners are going to take turns playing journalists or their future-selves. Tell the journalists that they can use the questions on the future-selves handout or they can make up their own questions. 

This is a fluency activity so it is important that you give your learners time to repeat the role play, each time, swapping between reporter and successful expat. Give each learner the opportunity to play the journalist and expat 3 times. Be sure to have your learners swap partners each time.

If you have room, you can arrange the chairs in your classroom into two rows with learners facing one another. This way, you can have one set of students move left and the whole class will have new partners.

7. Role play: Feedback

Keep the feedback focused on the future-selves. Ask learners who has the most interesting future plans?

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ItsJustEnglish
01/10/2023
RU
2
points

The order on the worksheets is wrong. Serge Gnabry was the first to speak, but the worksheet has him speaking last. I would put it in the order that it is stated. Also, the worksheet does not have an answer key for teachers. I teach up to ten lessons a day. I can't come up with the key myself for each lesson, can I?


ItsJustEnglish
01/10/2023 15:51
Russia
Arsenal
2

The order on the worksheets is wrong. Serge Gnabry was the first to speak, but the worksheet has him speaking last. I would put it in the order that it is stated. Also, the worksheet does not have an answer key for teachers. I teach up to ten lessons a day. I can't come up with the key myself for each lesson, can I?

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kwesimanifest
31/05/2016
GH
4776
points

Motivation gets one going and would be of great help to students not to give up


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kwesimanifest
31/05/2016 21:08
Ghana
Manchester United
4776

Motivation gets one going and would be of great help to students not to give up

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Denny De Lioncourt
09/03/2015
ID
0
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I think this is great lesson plan. I myself always try to encourage my students to improve their motivation in learning English. Also, I love the aim so much, about motivation However, as in my country English is still a foreign language (NOT Second Language) this leson plan will only work in Talking English class ( for advanced learners, who already have got the confidence in using English orally. For most of young learners, I'm not sure this will work.
I'm going to use this in my class for next term. Hmm, I think this should be done in two-meetings. For the first meeting, I will focus on the future plans (will / be going to). To scaffold the ideas for learners, I'll use brainstorm technique. And for the second meeting, I will use visualization technique (in warmer stage) to give learners more ideas of their future plans. This will enhance their practice in Role Play parts.


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Denny De Lioncourt
09/03/2015 19:53
Indonesia
Chelsea
0

I think this is great lesson plan. I myself always try to encourage my students to improve their motivation in learning English. Also, I love the aim so much, about motivation However, as in my country English is still a foreign language (NOT Second Language) this leson plan will only work in Talking English class ( for advanced learners, who already have got the confidence in using English orally. For most of young learners, I'm not sure this will work.
I'm going to use this in my class for next term. Hmm, I think this should be done in two-meetings. For the first meeting, I will focus on the future plans (will / be going to). To scaffold the ideas for learners, I'll use brainstorm technique. And for the second meeting, I will use visualization technique (in warmer stage) to give learners more ideas of their future plans. This will enhance their practice in Role Play parts.

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Rema
23/06/2015
RS
538
points

Sorry for interrupt, what you mean when you tell this sentence: To scaffold the ideas for learners, I'll use brainstorm technique.


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Rema
23/06/2015 20:42
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Sorry for interrupt, what you mean when you tell this sentence: To scaffold the ideas for learners, I'll use brainstorm technique.

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Rich
25/06/2015
ES
594
points

Hi Rema - It means to give learners some support or help.


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Rich
25/06/2015 08:39
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Rema - It means to give learners some support or help.

Rema's picture
Rema
25/06/2015
RS
538
points

Thanks Rich for explanation.


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Rema
25/06/2015 18:20
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Thanks Rich for explanation.

Rich's picture
Rich
09/03/2015
ES
594
points

Hi Denny - Thanks for all your positive feedback and support, we're really happy that you're going to try it out with your students. You're totally right that this lesson plan won't work with all learners but we do try to make our lesson plans as accessible to as many learners as possible. This lesson is aimed at learners with an A2 level of English and above so we do presume some oral ability. It would be great to hear from you again once you've tried it out next term to let us know how the lesson went. Thanks again. Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
09/03/2015 20:50
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Denny - Thanks for all your positive feedback and support, we're really happy that you're going to try it out with your students. You're totally right that this lesson plan won't work with all learners but we do try to make our lesson plans as accessible to as many learners as possible. This lesson is aimed at learners with an A2 level of English and above so we do presume some oral ability. It would be great to hear from you again once you've tried it out next term to let us know how the lesson went. Thanks again. Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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Learner training: to help learners develop a positive self-concept / improve learner motivation