SUMMARY: ‘Would this activity motivate my students?’ – well, let me ask you a question: ‘Would your students want to do this activity if they were not in the classroom?’ This workshop aims to present some key elements which ensure just that – and you can try out the activities for yourself tomorrow!
ABSTRACT: I believe that the acid test for whether an activity is highly motivational is the following: ‘Would the learner want to do this if s/he were not trying to learn the language?’ If the answer is ‘Yes’ then it is safe to say that students are going to like it. In this workshop, I intend to use examples of four distinct types of activities all of which I have found that the students like.
The Self-Relevant: People like activities where they get to talk about themselves. Such activities lead to natural communication and lead to greater bonding between classmates.
Puzzles: We are compulsive puzzle-solvers. Once they have a specific puzzle to solve some students get so involved they may not even notice that the lesson is over!
Creative Activities: Students love interesting material, but they like even more things that they prepare themselves. Especially if in doing so they can give their creativity free rein…
High-Arousal Activities: Students like fast-paced activities, especially if the latter have a competitive element. If students know there is going to be a contest, they may even spend time preparing at home!