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Aptitude, attitude and motivation towards language learning


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Aptitude, attitude and motivation towards language learning

  2. 2. APTITUDE <ul><li>A natural ability to do something </li></ul><ul><li>There is a specific talent for learning foreign languages </li></ul><ul><li>This talent is considerably </li></ul><ul><li>different from one learner to another </li></ul>
  3. 3. ATTITUDE <ul><li>Emotional involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Our feelings towards learning </li></ul><ul><li>The way you think and feel about something </li></ul>
  4. 4. MOTIVATION <ul><li>Goals, desires, aspirations </li></ul><ul><li>Why you decide on a particular action </li></ul><ul><li>How long you are willing to sustain the activity </li></ul><ul><li>How hard you pursue your goal </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>… .TOWARDS LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE </li></ul><ul><li>DEPENDS ON: </li></ul><ul><li>The desire for personal growth </li></ul><ul><li>The desire to communicate with or assimilate in a new community </li></ul><ul><li>The opportunity for professional promotion </li></ul>MOTIVATION…….
  6. 6. How do you feel about learning English? <ul><li>ATTITUDES TOWARDS LEARNING ENGLISH </li></ul>English is an important part of the school programme When I leave school, I will give up the study of English because I am not interested in it
  7. 7. How do we learn? <ul><li>Gardner´s theory of Multiple Intelligences </li></ul><ul><li>(talents, abilities): </li></ul><ul><li>Visual: Good with art and design </li></ul><ul><li>Linguistic: Good with words </li></ul><ul><li>Logical: Good with numbers and math </li></ul><ul><li>Bodily: Good at action, movement and sports </li></ul><ul><li>Musical: Good with music, tone and rhythm </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal: Good at communicating with others </li></ul><ul><li>Intrapersonal: Good at self-reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Naturalistic: Good at appreciating the world and nature </li></ul>
  8. 8. How do we learn? <ul><li>Obviously, these intelligences work together….and some of them are prevalent on us </li></ul>
  9. 9. Some useful questions….. Posed by the British Council on the topic <ul><li>When I hear a new word do I need to see it written down to know how it’s spelt? </li></ul><ul><li>Am I interested in grammar and how English tenses are put together? </li></ul><ul><li>Are my notes kept neatly in a methodical way? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I keep a personal dictionary of newly learnt words? </li></ul><ul><li>Does my personal dictionary help me to remember the words? </li></ul><ul><li>How easy do I find it to hear differences in sounds? </li></ul><ul><li>Does drawing pictures of new words help me to remember them in English? </li></ul><ul><li>Does touching an object help me to remember what it’s called? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I enjoy listening to the teacher and taking notes? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I prefer working on my own or with other people? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I know why I’m learning English? </li></ul>