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The Motivated Classroom

The Motivated Classroom

By Dr. Liam Printer
A weekly podcast for language teachers and learners hosted by Dr. Liam Printer talking all things education, languages, motivation and engagement; linking current educational research to your classroom practice and providing a few ideas for some easy to implement, zero-prep, motivational strategies you can try out right away!

Join the conversation on social media using #MotivatedClassroom. I'd love to know what you think so please get in touch.

Full programme notes available on my website:
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40 ¦ Active learning strategies: 12 zero-prep activities for the classroom
Sitting all day is exhausting! This episode is full of practical ideas for active learning in the language classroom. Getting students up and out of their seats is a mainstay in every class I teach. Even just for a few minutes, it helps to re-engage the students in what is happening, it freshens things up and helps them to re-focus. It also helps to mix things up and keep that important aspect of 'unpredictability' in each class. I've mentioned some of these activities before, but with so many listeners asking about activities that aid acquisition but also get students up and active, here are all my favourites in one episode: Bingo Touch the board The elimination game Sentence sharing and co-teaching Get up and talk to a different table Volleyball reading Find someone who Pass it up Pop Yes and no wall The rhythm circle Brain breaks: Line up by.. Stay standing if… TPR For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
27:58
May 14, 2021
39 ¦ Q & A: Reluctant colleagues, what to prioritise and how to build confidence
In this question and answer episode there are some wonderful questions from listeners on how to prioritise our class time, coping with colleagues who are reluctant to new initiatives, how to create interesting stories and supporting students' low confidence/self-esteem. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
26:44
May 7, 2021
38 ¦ Motivational strategies for teaching grammar
"How do you teach grammar in a motivational way?" is a question we all face as language teachers. In this episode we explore some of the research around explicit teaching of grammar and its impact on motivation. I then present some zero-prep classroom strategies we can use to introduce and develop understanding of grammar, but in a more autonomy-supportive, motivational style.  For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
28:26
April 30, 2021
37 ¦ Demotivation: What is it and how do we stop it?
Educational research consistently finds that motivation is the key factor in young people achieving their potential and succeeding at school. Demotivation, on the other hand, can be defined as “someone who was once motivated but has lost his/her commitment for some reason” (Dörnyei and Ushioda 2011). Even if we are struggling to understand how to motivate our learners, the very least we must ensure is that we are not actively engaged in activities that research has proven to be demotivating. This episode explores the research on these demotivating activities in the language classroom and what we can do to stop them. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
26:26
April 23, 2021
36 ¦ Teaching in the moment, professional development & language play with Diane Neubauer
In this episode I am delighted to be joined by the wonderful Diane Neubauer 杜雁子. Diane is a Mandarin Chinese teacher with over the 14 years experience across age groups. She currently teaches online part-time while working on her PhD in Foreign Language & ESL Education at the University of Iowa. She presents on a variety of language teaching topics at conferences and is involved in research relevant to comprehension-based language teaching and learning. She is currently chair of the ACTFL (USA language association) Comprehension-based Communicative Language Teaching (CCLT) Special Interest Group. Diane talks to us about her PhD research, teaching in the moment, language teacher professional development, raising engagement in the online classroom and what is involved with "language play".  For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
27:56
April 16, 2021
35 ¦ Assessing and grading for proficiency whilst maintaining motivation
Thank you to the listeners for this question about how we can maintain motivation whilst also grading and assessing for proficiency. In this episode we discuss some strategies for assessing and grading keeping the core psychological need of competence in mind. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
29:54
April 2, 2021
34 ¦ Q&A: School refusers, young learners and restructuring our syllabus for motivation
In this question & answer episode we explore some great questions from listeners about: what to do with reluctant learners or school refusers, how we can adapt a comprehensible input & storytelling approach for younger learners and finally what key language structures we should concentrate on in a reimagined syllabus focused around students' interests. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
24:34
March 26, 2021
33 ¦ Getting them talking: Ten zero-prep strategies to increase spontaneous speaking
As language teachers, finding ways to move from comprehensible input to 'authentic output' or how to "foster an increase in natural, interpersonal language", as one teacher wrote to me, is often our greatest challenge. In this episode I provide ten zero-prep, practical, strategies to increase spontaneous and enthusiastic speaking in the language classroom. Get in touch and let me know what you think! I'd love to know what strategies work in your classroom! For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
28:10
March 19, 2021
32 ¦ Unpacking language teacher professional identity with Dr. Ed Stevens
I'm delighted to be joined by the wonderful and highly knowledgeable Dr. Ed Stevens for this episode on teacher's professional identity. Ed is Manager of the Arts & Humanities Research Institute at King's College London having previously been Deputy Head of Public Engagement at the University of Bath. He has recently completed a professional doctorate in Education, where he explored how educators' professional identities may be transformed by, and transform, community engaged research. In this episode Ed helps us to delve further into the language teacher beliefs we explored in Episode 31.  For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
28:50
March 12, 2021
31 ¦ Language teacher beliefs: What are they and why we really need to talk about them!
Sometimes, to really change our practice we have to confront our deeply-rooted beliefs. The study of Language Teacher Beliefs or 'Language Teacher Cognition' is gaining momentum in the educational research. In this episode I talk about what the concept is all about and why it is essential for us to talk about it, reflect on our beliefs and ultimately to question whether or not we still value those beliefs we have inherently developed over decades of education both as a student and teacher.  For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
25:14
March 5, 2021
30 ¦ What's the point? Re-invigorating our approach to language learning with 'Transform MFL'
I'm delighted to be joined in this episode with Olly who goes by "Let's Transform MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)" on Twitter. Olly is a vocal and powerful advocate for reinvigorating the MFL curriculum in England so that we can reach more students and help more people achieve fluency. In this discussion, Olly shares his passion for MFL and argues convincingly for a re-imagined curriculum that focuses on the reasons "why" we learn foreign languages in the first place. Explaining beautifully why we should all learn languages, not just from a "useful" perspective but from a wider interest and social justice viewpoint. Olly teaches French and German in three different secondary schools, although his first teaching experience was in a Berlin primary school. He is originally from the North of England and studied French & German at University.  As a teacher he is busy advocating for languages and contributing to debates about curriculum, uptake and the student experience. Alongside doing a Masters in education, Olly is well versed in the academic literature and research around motivation, subject choices and achieving fluency.  For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
33:41
February 26, 2021
29 ¦ Teacher motivation: What is it and how do we maintain it?
Teacher motivation: A hugely important topic we don't discuss nearly enough. In many countries around the world, teachers are leaving the profession in huge numbers. So what can school leadership do to ensure their teachers remain motivated? In this episode we delve into this thorny issue with a look at recent studies on teacher motivation and discuss what the research can teach us in terms of maintaining teacher motivation. This episode contains many practical, easy to implement, tips for school leaders, Heads of Department and for teachers themselves to help them to stay motivated. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
23:32
February 19, 2021
28 ¦ Error correction: Providing meaningful feedback that maintains motivation
Drawing on recent research around error correction and feedback, this episode provides six easy to implement strategies that allow the teacher to give meaningful feedback to students whilst ensuring it doesn't harm their basic psychological need of 'competence'. These strategies will hopefully give you some ideas about how we can ensure our feedback is timely, specific and meaningful to the student so that it helps them to move forward and not over analyse the errors that may be present. Most importantly, these are practical approaches to feedback designed to maintain and build motivation, rather then dampen it! For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
25:14
February 12, 2021
27 ¦ Motivational strategies for teaching colours, numbers and letters
We all have to teach the 'basics' like numbers, dates, colours and letters in one way or another... or do we? What if the students just naturally acquired all of this basic vocabulary through motivational strategies and activities in the classroom? In this episode I explain how I introduce these items and the various, zero-prep, activities I use to embed these key words in the students' long term memory without having them sit and rote-learn in lists of vocabulary. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
26:27
February 5, 2021
26 ¦ Q & A: Teaching culture, building confidence and differentiation.
In this question and answer episode, we look at the topics of teaching culture, the one important thing to change in our languages classrooms (from my perspective at least!), how to build confidence in our learners and how to adequately challenge our high achievers in each lesson. Thank you to all the lessons who submitted questions! For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
26:54
January 29, 2021
25 ¦ Teaching with TPRS storytelling: The big questions (and answers!)
Episode 25 of The #MotivatedClassroom is all about Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) and the most common questions people have about it as a way to help learners acquire language more naturally. I go through some of the questions you have submitted about assessment, units, planning and many others! This is a very practical episode for language teachers who are trying out TPRS and still have lots of questions.  For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
22:11
January 22, 2021
24 ¦ 11 zero-prep reading strategies for the language classroom
Building on the interview with Adriana Ramirez in Episode 23 on using novels and reading to motivate our language students, this episode focuses on 11 zero-prep practical strategies for the languages classroom aimed at growing a love and passion for reading among your students:  1. Class novels 2. Free Voluntary Reading (FVR) 3. Embedded readings & extended readings 4. Volleyball reading ​5. Read to parents and translate 6. The reading diary 7. Reading with laser and making new sentences 8. Reading and underlining all things you understand & Inventing questions with no answer 9. Highlighting the 1 key phrase and explaining why 10. Readers theater & Emotional reading 11. Boys and girls reading For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
28:17
January 15, 2021
23 ¦ Motivation through reading & graded novels with Adriana Ramirez
The inspirational author and teacher, Adriana Ramirez, joins Liam Printer on The #MotivatedClassroom for this episode where they discuss how we can instill a love and passion for reading in the target language through the use of graded novels. These are novels that are specifically written for learners of the language and use a Comprehensible Input approach to ensure the students read lots of repetitions of the target language so they can acquire new vocabulary and structures naturally. Adriana has already written a variety of novels for Spanish learners and has presented at numerous conferences. Her YouTube channel is hugely popular with teachers where they can see her unique approach to teaching Spanish with lots of reading.  This is a must listen episode for all #languages teachers, and especially those who want to instill a passion and love for reading among their students. Adriana shares a wide array of minimum prep strategies for boosting reading in the languages classroom. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
27:42
January 8, 2021
22 ¦ I've started my TPRS story, now what?
So you listened to Episode 21 and you started your #TPRS story... but now what? This episode provides some detailed, zero-prep, practical, strategies you can implement in your language classes to build on and compliment the story asking process. I present comprehension techniques, homework tasks, formative assessment options. An overview of how the 'circling', questioning, strategy is done in a Comprehensible Input classroom is also provided. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
23:12
December 19, 2020
21 ¦ Getting started with asking your first TPRS story
Now that we understand the research behind #storytelling in the #languages classroom from episodes 19 & 20 and why it is so motivating for both teacher and students, its time to learn how we actually put it into practice! In this episode I explain how I set up my class for its first TPRS story. I go through the ground rules, the physical make-up of the classroom and the jobs students have to ensure the story goes to plan. This is a must listen episode for any teachers who have heard about the power of TPRS storytelling and are eager to give it a go! It is full of hands-on, practical tips to get you started on y storytelling journey in your classroom that will raise motivation and engagement for both you and the learners. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
29:35
December 13, 2020
20 ¦ How teaching French through storytelling changed my class with Chloé Lapierre
As a follow up to Episode 19 of the podcast, which provides an overview of the year long doctoral research into teaching languages through storytelling and its impact on student and teacher motivation, I am delighted to be joined in this episode by Chloé Lapierre who was the French teacher-participant during the longitudinal research study. Chloé described herself as a 'novice' teacher of TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) or CI (comprehensible input) at the beginning of the enquiry. In this episode she explains her journey in detail and how the TPRS approach completely revolutionised her own motivation and that of her students. This is a fascinating listen, particularly for those languages teachers who are new to teaching with storytelling or for those who have heard about it but have yet to give it a go! Chloé provides excellent advice and provides compelling evidence as to the huge benefits that teaching languages with storytelling can bring to the classroom. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
24:45
December 5, 2020
19 ¦ The motivational pull of teaching languages through storytelling
This episode provides a synopsis and summary of the findings from Doctorate research into the motivational impact of teaching languages through storytelling and reading. The episode begins with an overview of how the research was conducted using Self-Determination Theory and its basic psychological needs of autonomy, competence and relatedness to measure changes in motivation. It then presents some of the quotes from both the teacher and her students regarding their motivation, need satisfaction and engagement throughout the year of the study. 25 minutes is unfortunately never going to be enough to go into all the findings so there will be more episodes that go into further detail around some of the core conclusions from the year long research study. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
26:49
November 27, 2020
18 ¦ Teaching language through compelling, cultural & historical content with Beth Skelton
In this third interview of the series, the inspirational Beth Skelton shares with us her vast experience and expertise relating to teaching languages through compelling, cultural and historical content. Beth outlines how we can use language classroom to engage our learners via experiential learning with students immersed in fascinating cultural and historical content related to the target language. This one is an absolute must listen for all EAL and world languages teachers containing lots of practical, easy to plan, activities that you can try right away! For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
33:19
November 20, 2020
17 ¦ Long-term motivation, exams and motivating activities for retrieval practice
In this second Q&A episode, some great questions from listeners get us talking about long-term motivation for learners as opposed to just dealing with the 'here and now' in our classrooms; how do we balance motivating activities with preparation for high stakes exams and finally some motivating classroom approaches for retrieval practice. Lots of practical classroom tips as well as important information about the current research around motivation and how to build it in our learners. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
22:30
November 13, 2020
16 ¦ Building motivation through autonomy, relatedness & student led classes
In this episode I explain how I build on those relationships built in the first few years of students' Spanish learning journey, taking those more advanced and older students to a new level as 'Government Ministers' in my (fake) country of Españoland. It provides them with autonomy and ownership over what we learn and the resources we will study together as a group. By empowering them to be members of your 'Government' it not only teaches them about democracy and leadership but also allows them to become real experts in their chosen 'Ministry' before those final exams. If you teach older teenagers who have more advanced level of language, this episode is for you! For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
23:54
November 6, 2020
15 ¦ Creating compelling connections with 'The Star of the Week'
'The Star of the Week' also known as 'The Special Person Interview' is a wonderful, zero-prep, activity that provides your students with huge amounts of compelling, comprehensible input as they learn about and make connections to their classmates and to the teacher. A beautifully simple activity that raises autonomy and is all about building bonds and a sense of community in the classroom. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.     Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
25:14
October 30, 2020
14 ¦ Maintaining motivation through effective classroom management
When we have active, enthusiastic, engaged participation, it has the potential to over-spill and feel chaotic. So how do we encourage this high level of participation in class without it reaching a stage that begins to impact on our classroom management and behaviour expectations? In this episode, using evidence from the research, I offer my three key elements for effective classroom management in the motivated classroom: Routines Relationships Repetitions For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.   Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
29:02
October 23, 2020
13 ¦ Technology tips to boost language learning motivation with Joe Dale
I had the pleasure to chat with the inspirational Joe Dale about three key apps and technology tips to boost motivation and engagement in the languages classroom. Joe is a globally renowned expert in language teaching and learning, with special interest in the use of technology as a means to develop proficiency and grow interest in learning the language.  For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.   Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
34:11
October 16, 2020
12 ¦ Rehumanising the curriculum by teaching through narrative
Every subject, every syllabus, every curriculum has a story behind it. Its time we re-humanised the classroom and the curriculum. This episode focusses on how we can weave narrative back into our classes to engage our learners and have them come on a learning journey with us. During this episode I give a live example of how I take students into the curriculum using the 'four Ps' approach. Behind everything we teach in every subject there are: People Places Problems Possibilities When we focus on this and allow students to become immersed in the story behind our content, we engage and motivate them. We hook them into the learning so they feel part of it throughout the entire unit.  For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Feel like you'd buy me a coffee once a month to say thanks for the episodes? Join me on my patreon page here. Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
27:14
October 9, 2020
11 ¦ Providing compelling Comprehensible Input with 'Calendar Chat', 'Picture-talk' & 'Movietalk'
This episode is all about putting Comprehensible Input (CI) into practice in the classroom. Three practical, minimal prep, CI activities are presented that you can try out right away. These are activities that will really help your learners to feel a sense of belonging in the class, whilst also boosting their competence as they can follow along and understand all of your input. I really encourage you to give them a try! Calendar Chat: Essentially using the date and day to provide lots of interesting input; what happened in history on this day, asking who has birthdays or important links to the numbers of the day etc. Picture talk: Using images to provide the class with lots of compelling input, works even better as a set of images that tells a basic or funny story. Humans love narrative and want to listen to understand and see what is happening. Movietalk: Using short clips with no words to give the class lots of understandable inputs at their level For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Feel like you'd buy me a coffee once a month to say thanks for the episodes? Join me on my patreon page here. Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
24:34
October 2, 2020
10 ¦ Comprehensible Input: What is it and why is it so motivating?
This episode looks in detail at Stephen Krashen's Comprehensible Input (CI) hypothesis; where it comes from, the research behind it and why teaching with is so motivating for both students and teacher. This episode also aims to debunk and respond to some of the criticisms that have been leveled at Krashen's CI model, highlighting that his most fierce critics were writing in the 1980's just a few years after he published his ground-breaking "Principles and practice in second language acquisition" in 1982 and well before his CI theory had any time to be properly researched. Now, nearly 40 years later, vast amounts of robust research have empirically tested Krashen's CI theory and found it be accurate, understandable and most importantly, easy for teacher's to put into practice. Finally, the episode discusses what CI teaching actually looks like in the languages classroom and why CI activities are so motivating for students as well as their teacher. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Feel like you'd buy me a coffee once a month to say thanks for the episodes? Join me on my patreon page here. Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
20:42
September 25, 2020
9 ¦ Q & A: Motivating young learners, classroom climate & teacher motivation
The first Question & Answer episode deals with a variety of questions mainly relating to teaching languages and motivation. Thank you to the listeners for these great questions. There were many others I did not have time to get to but will answer them in the next Q & A episode. Teaching/learning for young children in a virtual 1:1 setting with a view to maintaining interest and enthusiasm for the language. How do kids of different age groups respond to different motivational strategies or triggers? How  to communicate and get an atmosphere going with masks and desks spaced out? How to be motivated as a teacher when the students won’t engage? Strategies to ensure students don't look up lots of random vocabulary in creative tasks that they'll never use again. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here. Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
25:44
September 18, 2020
8 ¦ Talking multilingualism and motivation with Soukeina Tharoo
In this first interview episode I am joined by the inspiring and incredible @polyglotteacher Soukeina Tharoo. Soukeina is an English as an Additional Language (EAL) and French teacher as well as being the Home Language Coordinator at The International School of Lausanne in Switzerland. She is also a workshop leader & school visitor for the International Baccalaureate and a team evaluation member and Chair for the Council of International Schools. Soukeina was born in France but is originally from Madagascar, of Indian ancestry and was brought up in the UK. She speaks 11 languages (yes eleven) and is a fountain of wisdom when it comes to multilingualism, translanguaging and how we can leverage the home language in all classrooms to raise students' competence, relatedness and esteem.  For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here. Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
20:27
September 11, 2020
7 ¦ Competence: What is it and how to build it in our learners?
This episode focusses on 'competence', one of the three basic needs of Self-Determination Theory that we need satisfied in order to feel intrinsically motivated. Competence relates not to a student’s individual ability but to their perception about their capability and capacity to achieve success in the classroom. Central to the notion of competence, is that students will only engage in and personally value classroom activities they can fully understand and potentially master. After an introduction to the research behind the need of 'competence' in the classroom, a variety of practical approaches to building competence in the classroom are presented. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here. Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
27:09
September 4, 2020
6 ¦ Retrieval Practice: 11 zero-prep strategies for an engaged classroom
This episode is all about engagement, active learning and retrieval practice. 'Retrieval practice' is a study technique where mental effort is used to recall information. It focusses on bringing information to mind which enhances and boosts learning. Deliberately recalling information forces us to pull our knowledge “out” and examine what we know.  Engagement and active learning strategies align closely in the research. When students are up out of their seats they are often more engaged in that moment. That is not to say they should be up doing games all lesson but now and again, getting students out of their seats can be hugely beneficial. Especially when coupled with 'retrieval practice' activities.  In this episode I outline 11 (not 10!) zero-prep, active learning, strategies designed to engage learners in retrieval practice: Bingo Pointless  Give one get one Elimination game Draw from last lesson or story Silent reading with instructions Free voluntary reading Circle clicks Create something great Pass the alarm Pop with a song Full programme notes with further information and links to research and resources are available at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here. Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
26:58
August 28, 2020
5 ¦ Relatedness: What is it and how do I do it in the classroom?
Relatedness is the second key component of motivation that we have looked at in The Motivated Classroom podcast. Listen back to Episode 1 to learn about the three basic psychological needs we all have and want to be satisfied in order to be intrinsically motivated. In Episode 3 we discussed 'autonomy' and its critical role in boosting motivation. This Episode goes into detail about the psychological need of 'relatedness'. What is relatedness? How is it different to relationships? How do I build relatedness in my languages classroom? The episode introduces some of the main educational research on building relationships and how we can apply this in our classrooms. This episode is a must-listen for language teachers as it gives lots of zero-prep activities and tips you can implement right away in your classes to connect with your students. I explain some of the following activities I use in my classes to foster relatedness and relationships right from the first class: ✔️ The class password ✔️ Personal questions and answers (PQA) ✔️ Story sharing ✔️ Special person interviews ✔️ Using pets and photos of you ✔️ Student jobs ✔️ Intent listening ✔️ Use of 'high 4s' or 'high 3s' ✔️ Allow the lesson plan to go  ✔️ How to be fair but strict ✔️ Using class constitution for classroom management Full programme notes with further information and links to research and resources are available at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
25:56
August 21, 2020
4 ¦ Creating an invisible character with the 'one-word image'
The 'one-word image' activity is an absolute must-listen for all MFL  and world languages teachers! It allows you to teach languages in an engaging, student-centred way by creating an invisible character with your students, which will result in active listening, huge all-class engagement and high motivation. The strategy was originally developed by Ben Slavic and is now a mainstay in many language classrooms. Rather than teaching long lists of vocabulary for describing people through worksheets or a textbook, the 'invisible character' approach uses students' own creativity and autonomy to develop the character traits and feelings. This activity enables students to acquire language naturally through intent listening and high interest. It will: ✔️ Build relationships ✔️ Foster belonging ✔️ Lead to excited engagement ✔️ Nurture students' creativity & autonomy ✔️ Embed vocabulary in long-term memory Full programme notes with further information and links to resources are available at www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏
25:26
August 16, 2020
3 ¦ Autonomy-supportive teaching, what's that?
What is 'autonomy-supportive' teaching and how do we do it in the #languages classroom? Autonomy is an essential component of intrinsic motivation and is often considered in the research as more central to building motivation than any of the other basic psychological needs. In this episode, I share how I build perceptions of autonomy in my learners and also the classroom strategies that allow us, as teachers, to develop our own autonomy and thus foster our own teacher motivation.  Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast.  Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom and Twitter @motclasspodcast. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review.
17:30
August 9, 2020
2 ¦ The first class of the year: Co-creating a class constitution
How can we set up the very first class of the year to ensure the three basic needs of intrinsic motivation are right at the heart of lesson? In this episode, I start by looking at classroom management and how we can allow student autonomy but maintain structure. I then speak about how I set up the first lesson with all my classes in order to foster autonomy, build competence and develop a sense of belonging in the classroom through the 'class constitution'. Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review.
19:43
August 2, 2020
1 ¦ Motivation: What is it and how do we 'do' it?
In this first episode of The Motivated Classroom podcast I discuss: An overview of what motivation is and how we can 'do' it in class Current knowledge on language learning motivation  Self-Determination Theory of motivation and applying it in the classroom The three basic psychological needs for intrinsic motivation Tips for activities to boost motivation in the classroom Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast  Join the conversation on social media: Twitter: @motclasspodcast Instagram: @themotivatedclassroom Facebook: The Motivated Classroom
20:37
July 26, 2020