the nikku

reflecting on ESL/EFL and its relation to faith

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Motivation and goals

For this weekend's reflection, I'm going to talk about goals and how
they might effect motivation.

So recently, the junior high camp ended and I was asked to work the
college English camp. The maturity level of the students has definitely
changed. :) Anyway.

Again, we gave the students proficiency tests and divided them into an
upper and lower level, but this time, the students were much closer in
ability and the upper and lower level classes aren't so different. The
upper level class is a little quicker to speak up and more confident in
their abilities though.

On the first day of class, the journal question was: "what are your
goals for learning English?" This weekend, I collected their journals,
read and responded to them. One thing I noticed: the upper level
students had much more specific goals about learning English than the
lower level students. So, my observation: goals do seem to effect
motivation in this case.