Before Of course, students’ motivation can be different.

Before
arriving at AfL in MFL, the teacher has to manage several difficulties. The
first is to establish learning environment, the second is to motivate students
with effective use of a variety of strategies, and materials. Of course,
students’ motivation can be different. The least self-determined form of
motivation is the external motivation, which comes from external rewards or
threats. Some students assent as norms to follow the lessons in order not to
feel remorseful. Some students engage in an activity because they see its
usefulness.

Establishing
a good relationship with learners is essential. If the teacher shows enthusiasm
towards students’ learning, probably students will meet his/her expectations.
According to Dörnyei’s study1, the
more enthusiast teacher is, the more enthusiast learners become. Dörnyei
established ten commandments for motivating language learners: 1. Set a
personal example for your own behavior, 2. Create a pleasant, relaxed
atmosphere in the classroom, 3. Present the task properly, 4. Develop a good
relationship with the learners, 5. Increase the learners’ linguistic
self-confidence, 6. Make the language classes interesting, 7. Promote learners’
autonomy, 8.Personalize the learning process, 9. Increase the learners’ goals,
10. Familiarize learners with the target language culture.2

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As
a PGCE  MFL trainee in the UK, I have often
realized that e.g. French is not popular with students, they find it less
useful than English. They have told me that it’s
a crap, rubbish; I don’t like it, it is pointless, I hate French, I don’t see
the point, c’est ennuyeux. A lot of students think that there is no point
in studying French unless the student wants to go and live there.

I
think, in an ordinary class, certain students do not really know or accept that
they are involved in learning process. Students
are more interested in the learning process if they feel important and they can
take part actively in classroom activities. Involving students in the
assessment practice can help them become independent learners.