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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 www.liamprinter.com/podcast
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1 ¦ Motivation: What is it and how do we 'do' it?

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89 ¦ UDL: Access for all through a Universal Design for Learning
In this first of a two-part series focusing on differentiation, equity and how to ensure all learners have access to the learning, we look at the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and its applications in the language acquisition classroom. This episode goes over the 3 main priorities of UDL and their 9 principles, using an example from the world languages classroom to show how we can apply some of these principles to ensure all of our learners have access to the learning and not just some of them. Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
31:50
September 23, 2022
88 ¦ Q&A: New students entering a CI class, adult learners & difficult classes
This question and answer episode features some great questions from listeners about: What we do when new students come into our CI or acquisition focused classes when they're coming from what may be considered a much more 'traditional' learning environment? How do we adapt our lessons for adult learners and what about those 'difficult' classes, what suggestions are there to make them run smoothly? I try to give my take on these great questions in this episode but I'm sure many of you have much better ideas than I have. Please get in touch and let us know! Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
26:29
September 09, 2022
87 ¦ Back to school: Eight strategies for a motivated year
This episode of The Motivated Classroom podcast focuses on going back to school. I go through eight of my top strategies or goals to ensure both we, the teachers, and our students have a motivated year. Most importantly, there is a particular focus in these strategies on teacher and student well-being. Let me know what you think of them and what your goals are for a motivated year in school! Build relationships, not powerpoints More autonomy, less monotony Share passions, not problems Look at students, not at a screen Talk more, photocopy less Be good to yourself, not hard on yourself Co-create, don't coerce Think motivation, not examination As always, please keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
18:36
August 26, 2022
86 ¦ Eight zero-prep classroom activities to instil a love of reading
This episode focuses on eight of my favourite activities designed to instil a love of reading among your language acquisition students, including a particular emphasis on the much requested "reading diary". Reading is the central and key element in language acquisition, yet many teachers are unsure about strategies to use in order to motivate our students into eager readers. Hopefully these eight, low-prep, activities will be of help! As always, please keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
29:03
August 12, 2022
85 ¦ Motivating beginners through easy-to-read novels with Margarita Pérez García
The wonderfully talent teacher, presenter and author of easy-to-read literature, Margarita Pérez García, joins us in the episode of The Motivated Classroom to talk us through how she uses novels in her classroom to motivate and engage beginner language students. As we know from decades of research, reading is a crucial and central element to language acquisition, yet teachers are often unsure how to use reading with beginners. Margarita goes through her favourite low-prep strategies in detail in this episode! A must listen for all #language #teachers! As always, please keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
35:15
July 29, 2022
84 ¦ Comprehensible Input (CI) teaching with intermediate & advanced learners
As a follow-up to the interview with Dr. Stephen Krashen, in this episode we look at a very common question among language teachers: Can we use a Comprehensible Input approach or with 'Acquisition Driven Instruction (ADI)' when it comes to intermediate or more advanced learners? This episode takes a slightly different angle as I demonstrate what CI would look like in my classroom for both beginners and intermediate or advanced students. I hope you find it useful! As always, please keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
32:15
July 15, 2022
83 ¦ Language acquisition through compelling, comprehensible input with Dr. Stephen Krashen
Professor Emeritus Dr. Stephen Krashen is one of the most important and influential language acquisition researchers in history. His research over 40 years has completely revolutionised our understanding of how languages are acquired. Dr. Krashen has been cited in over 23,000 peer reviewed research journals and has authored more than 560 publications. The 'Input Hypothesis', which showed us how languages are acquired naturally through comprehensible inputs has had a huge impact on how languages are taught in classrooms across the globe. The episode includes a variety of references to insightful research and of course, also has many of Dr. Krashen's famously entertaining, language acquisition anecdotes and stories! An absolute must listen for all #language #teachers!  As always, please keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
46:18
July 01, 2022
82 ¦ Teaching with Comprehensible Input (CI) Q&A: Inclusion, parents and missing class
The third episode in the mini-series on "Teaching with Comprehensible Input (CI)" is a Q&A episode with some great questions from you wonderful listeners on CI being more inclusive than grammar teaching, what we talk to parents about when we teach with CI and what do we do when students miss lots of inputs through absence. As always, please keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
30:17
June 17, 2022
81 ¦ Teaching with Comprehensible Input (CI): Is it more inclusive but less authentic?
In this second episode in the mini-series on "Teaching with Comprehensible Input (CI)", we discuss the big debates around CI teaching: Whether it is inherently more inclusive but often perceived as less authentic? What do we even mean by 'authentic' and 'inclusive' in the language classroom in the first place? Join me to find out my take on all this! As always, please keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
28:18
June 10, 2022
80 ¦ Teaching with Comprehensible Input (CI): Overcoming the obstacles
The first in a five-part series on "Teaching with Comprehensible Input (CI)", focuses on the obstacles and resistance many of us face in our journey to become more acquisition centred educators. I discuss six of the obstacles I've had in my practice and those I've seen and heard about from other language teachers.  As always, please keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
31:24
June 03, 2022
79 ¦ Motivation and Extensive Processing Instruction (EPI) with Dr. Gianfranco Conti
In this episode of The Motivated Classroom podcast, Dr. Gianfranco Conti joins us to discuss acquiring languages through 'Extensive Processing Instruction' (EPI) and how it links to motivation and engagement. Gianfranco shares his expertise, experience and the research around the approach as well as many practical classroom activities. An absolute must-listen for languages teachers! As always, please keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
36:19
May 27, 2022
78 ¦ Setting, streaming and separating by ability
Should we separate our learners by ability? Setting, streaming or separating by ability is common practice in most schools in some way or form. But is it really best practice? Is there an evidence base to support doing this in our school? In this episode we discuss the research behind separating students by ability or setting and streaming as it is known in the UK. Does it work? Should we keep doing it?  Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
27:48
May 13, 2022
77 ¦ Increasing uptake and decreasing dropout in our language programmes
Sadly, more and more language students around the world are dropping their world language courses as soon as they get the chance. Retaining students in our language programmes is proving more and more challenging. So what can we do about it? How can we increase uptake in our language classes. Many aspects are out of the control of the language teacher. However, what is in our control is our classroom and what strategies, approaches and practices we choose to employ.  Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
30:10
May 06, 2022
76 ¦ Q&A: Assessing writing, use of English & not overwhelming beginners
Another question and answer episode, and another set of brilliant questions from the listeners. Should we assess writing or just do formative tasks with no corrections? When should grammatical accuracy take a role in assessment? How much English should we use when students don’t understand the target language? How do we ensure we don't overwhelm beginners? A huge thank you to all the listeners for the wonderful questions!  Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
27:24
April 22, 2022
75 ¦ Centring our language class around Black & Brown identities with Ben Tinsley
Following up on the social justice focus in episodes 73 and 74, in this episode the wonderful Ben Tinsley joins The Motivated Classroom podcast to discuss how he centres his entire languages curriculum and classroom around Black, Brown and other marginalised identities and voices. A brilliant episode where Ben explains how he uses a technique called 'Map-Talk' to amplify and uphold diverse regions and peoples from around the world in his classroom. An absolute must-listen for all world languages teachers! As always, please keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
34:04
April 08, 2022
74 ¦ The languages classroom as a vehicle for social justice
This episode follows up on the previous episode with Françoise Thenoux about bringing a diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice lens to our languages curriculum and classroom. We begin to unpack the big questions like "What is education for?" and "What is your languages class for?" in this episode and I provide a few practical ideas for how you can bring a more anti-bias and anti-stereotype lens to your languages classroom. As always, please keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
28:14
April 01, 2022
73 ¦ Language, identity and inclusion with Françoise Thenoux
In this episode, the brilliant Françoise Thenoux speaks to us about the inextricable links between language, identity and inclusion. Françoise shares how we can make everyone in our language classroom feel included by ensuring everyone's identity and history is represented. She shares tips and advice about how language teachers can get started on the route to a more diverse and inclusive classroom. A must listen! Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
43:14
March 25, 2022
72 ¦ Using the target language: When, why and how
The target language: How much should we use as teachers? When should we use it? How should we use it? The debate around target language use, translation and use of the common language is one that many language acquisition teachers continue to grapple with. In this episode we unpack how and when to use the target language in class! Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
23:27
March 11, 2022
71 ¦ Q&A: Starting class, taking notes and building on class stories
In this question and answer episode, we discuss the most motivational and effective ways to start class, how often students should take notes in the language classroom and finally what we can do to build upon co-created class stories. A huge thank you to all the listeners for the wonderful questions! Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
29:06
March 04, 2022
70 ¦ Six easy steps for an effective parent-teacher meeting
Parent-teacher meetings: A part of every teacher's year but often one that causes anxiety, stress and worry. In this episode I present six, easy, date-focused, steps to apply to your parent-teacher meetings to ensure they are effective and focus on student learning. While this episode highlights strategies that will be of particular use for language acquisition teachers, the steps can easily be applied across all subject areas.  Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
24:18
February 18, 2022
69 ¦ Towards an evidence-informed school with Jade Pearce
The last in the three part mini series on professional development and the importance of being an evidence-informed teacher. In this episode I am joined by the inspirational, Jade Pearce. Jade shares the journey her school has been on towards becoming an evidence-informed school and gives us all tips to get started on this path in our own contexts. Jade is a fountain of educational and pedagogical knowledge. You don't want to miss this one! Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
36:41
February 04, 2022
68 ¦ Developing evidence-informed pedagogy through internal professional development
This episodes builds upon and follows on from Ep. 67 with Darren Leslie of Becoming Educated podcast focusing on our roles as 'teaching and learning research leads'. In this episode I discuss the internal, research based, professional development we have started here at The International School of Lausanne in our drive to becoming an evidence-informed school using evidence-informed pedagogy. I explain the rational and research behind how our internal PD structure works at our school and how we actively encourage everyone to be part of our reading research groups. Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
30:29
January 28, 2022
67 ¦ Collaboration podcast: Motivating, school based professional development with Darren Leslie
In this first podcast collaboration, I chat with Darren Leslie of the wonderful Becoming Educated podcast. We talk about our roles as 'teaching and learning research leads' at our respective schools, how we got into these positions, why we feel its important to have internal, evidence based, professional development on-going throughout the year and how we got started on this podcast journey! A brilliant conversation that we could have continued all day! Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
50:09
January 21, 2022
66 ¦ Q&A: Sharing classrooms, minimum contact time & creating a class motto
This question and answer episode looks at how to overcome the difficulties of moving classrooms, what we can and should teach when we only see students for less than 1 hour per week and finally how we can go about creating a class slogan or motto based on our co-created values from the class constitution. Thank you to Sophie Harrison, Sophie Miller and Amanda Miller for the great questions! Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
26:25
January 14, 2022
65 ¦ Motivational lessons from the elementary classroom
The final episode in the three-part series on motivating young language learners following up on the interviews with researcher Dr. Quint Oga-Baldwin in episode 63 and with primary school Dutch teacher, Marianne de Best, in episode 64. In this episode we discuss what secondary or high school teachers can learn from our elementary colleagues teaching languages to very young learners. Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
28:29
January 07, 2022
64 ¦ Practical strategies to both reach & teach young language learners with Marianne de Best
In this second episode in the 3-part series on motivating young language learners, Dutch teacher and author, Marianne de Best, tells us all about practical, zero-prep, strategies we can put in place right away in our classrooms to reach our young learners. Marianne provides listeners with excellent and fun tips to both reach and teach our young learners whilst staying in the target language and providing them with compelling, comprehensible inputs so as to acquire the language with ease! A must-listen for all language teachers!  Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
32:32
December 31, 2021
63 ¦ Classroom approaches for motivating young language learners with Dr. Quint Oga-Baldwin
In this episode, I had the absolute pleasure to be joined by eminent Self-Determination Theory researcher, Dr. Quint Oga-Baldwin. Professor Oga-Baldwin has conducted years of research into motivation of young learners of English in Japan and has published extensively. We discuss what classroom teachers can learn from the research on young learners and how we can apply these findings to build a more motivated classroom. Second and Third level language teachers also have so much to gain from the work done with younger learners! Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
31:17
December 17, 2021
62 ¦ Motivation and culture through music in the classroom
Music! A key component in every language acquisition classroom but what are the most effective ways to implement it! In this episode I discuss how I bring music into the classroom, ensuring it is understandable and engaging for the students! Most importantly, music allows us a direct door into the target language culture by learning about the lyrics, the background and the artists! I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.  Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
29:18
December 10, 2021
61 ¦ 12 motivating, zero-prep listening activities
This practical episode is all about listening activities in the language classroom that are designed to motivate and engage our students. Listening activities in a textbook are often painfully boring for our students due to the lack of autonomy. The 12 activities outlined in this episode engage and motivate our students to listen intently and therefore acquire more language naturally! Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
29:17
December 03, 2021
60 ¦ Going deskless and using classroom displays in the language classroom
What does the physical learning environment do for motivation and engagement of our language learners? In this episode, the idea of 'going deskless' is discussed outlining the pros, the cons and the logistical challenges. Research around the physical make up of the classroom is also explored and in particular the impact of classroom decorations and posters. How much is too much? Should we even have classroom displays? Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
22:42
November 19, 2021
59 ¦ Q&A: Student resistance, online translators and teaching spelling
Thank you to all the listeners who submitted questions for this Q&A episode. We are discussing how to reach and motivate those particularly resistant students, what we can about the increased usage of online translators and finally how we can make teaching spelling fun, effective and engaging! Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
31:07
November 12, 2021
58 ¦ Parental engagement and motivated language learners with Dr. Chris Martin
I'm joined by the fantastic Dr. Chris Martin in this episode to discuss the importance of positive parental engagement and how this can impact upon language learning motivation for your students. Chris shares findings from his own research in this area as well as many easy to implement practical tips for the language classroom. Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
30:45
November 05, 2021
57 ¦ The impact of parental beliefs on language learning motivation
In this episode we look at the research around parental beliefs, and the impact the words parents use have on the motivation for learning among their children. As always, lots of practical examples related to the language acquisition classroom and how we can use the findings from the parental beliefs research to inform how we speak to parents and ensure they are aiding us in the language acquisition journey. Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
23:50
October 22, 2021
56 ¦ Making homework motivational
This episode explores some of the recent research about homework and how we can apply this to the language acquisition classroom. Should we even give homework in the first place? If so, how much and when? How can we ensure the homework we are providing is actually purposeful and not just 'busy work'? Have a listen to this episode and find out! Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
28:12
October 15, 2021
55 ¦ Finding the common ground between language acquisition research and classroom practice with Dr. Florencia Henshaw
In this episode we speak to the inspirational Dr. Florencia Henshaw about Second Language Acquisition theory, recent research in the area and how we can bring the classroom practice and the academic research together in a way that benefits all students. Dr. Henshaw shares her top tips for language acquisition teachers that stem directly from her research and are related to her forthcoming book entitled "Common Ground: Second Language Acquisition Theory goes to the Classroom". Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
29:23
October 08, 2021
54 ¦ Implicit and explicit knowledge in the language classroom
This episode explores the current debates around implicit and explicit knowledge in the language classroom; should we be focusing on meaning or form, or a combination of both. The focus of this episode revolves mainly around the recent Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research in this area and what we, as language teachers, can do to ensure we maintain motivation whilst also boosting acquisition. Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch! Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. Enjoying the podcast? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook. Become a Patron of The Motivated Classroom podcast on patreon.com.
26:08
September 24, 2021
53 ¦ Q&A: Aligning an acquisition based approach within the curriculum & girls v. boys motivation
In this Question & Answer episode the questions focus on girls v. boys motivation, how to structure a class with no textbook and how to align a more acquisition based approach within school vertical and horizontal alignment policies. Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook.
23:18
September 10, 2021
52 ¦ Setting up your language class in 12 zero-prep steps
This is another practical, classroom, based episode for language teachers looking for the best ways to set up their class for the year. This episode contains twelve easy steps to follow to ensure you save yourself time in the future and have all your students set up for success from Day 1! From technology, to routines to classroom expectations and materials. It's all in this episode! Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook.
28:12
September 03, 2021
51 ¦ Using classroom jobs to provide more input & build relationships
This episode is very much focused on your classroom and how to use classroom jobs to provide more interesting input whilst building bonds with your class. This is a step-by-step guide about to introduce these jobs based on listeners feedback including: When to introduce them? How to pick the students for each job? Tips for success and pitfalls to avoid. Which jobs work best. Keep in touch and share widely! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook.
25:52
August 27, 2021
50 ¦ Translating second language acquisition research into motivational practice with Dr. Karen Lichtman & Dr. Bill VanPatten
Special Extended Episode! To mark episode 50 of The #MotivatedClassroom we have a special extended episode with Dr. Karen Lichtman and Dr. Bill VanPatten who discuss their research peer reviewed publication on 40 years of Second Language Acquisition research. This podcast was first aired as a livestream for the #CIreboot conference in June 2021. An absolute must-listen for all #worldlanguages and #mfl teachers! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook.
01:06:14
August 20, 2021
49 ¦ Motivational strategies part two: The role of the teacher
This is the second part of two-part episode on motivational strategies. In this episode we build upon the research around motivational strategies that was discussed in Episode 48, paying particular attention to the role of the language teacher in the motivational matrix. There now exists robust and substantial evidence that the language teacher can impact student motivation, for better and for worse. This episode is full of tips from the research to ensure you maintain that motivated classroom. Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom.  I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook.
23:28
August 06, 2021
48 ¦ Motivational strategies part one: From research to classroom practice
Ep. 48 of The #MotivatedClassroom marks the podcast's 1-Year anniversary with a jam-packed programme on 'motivational strategies', the research behind them and how we can apply these strategies to our classrooms using minimum prep activities. This is an episode not to be missed for any languages teachers who want a more motivated classroom! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram @themotivatedclassroom, Twitter @motclasspodcast and Facebook @themotivatedclassroom. Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Facebook.
25:28
July 23, 2021
47 ¦ Q&A: Surviving as a student-teacher, the curriculum & writing notes in class
In this question & answer episode we discuss how to survive as a student-teacher, what to do with an overly prescriptive curriculum, what would I tell myself as a student-teacher and what notes students should (or should not!) write in our language acquisition classes!  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.
21:53
July 09, 2021
46 ¦ The motivational impact of decolonising our languages curriculum with Maud Waret
The fantastic Maud Waret shares her personal learning and classrooms experiences as a mixed race French woman growing up in France and then moving to the UK as well as many wonderful practical ideas to help language teachers to begin to decolonise some of their curriculum. Maud speaks passionately, powerfully and practically. This is a real must listen episode for all language teachers seeking to have a more inclusive, representative and diverse classroom experience for their students. 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.
32:44
June 25, 2021
45 ¦ Motivating multilinguals through inclusion, diversity & pride with Tan Huynh
In this episode, the inspirational Tan Huynh speaks about the use of Larry Ferlazzo's framework for empowering multilingual students as well as how we can all be more representative and inclusive in our choices of materials and the stories we share. Tan provides brilliant practical tips on how we can ensure our classroom is a welcoming, diverse space for all learners. This is a must listen episode for all language teachers striving to have a more inclusive learning environment where everyone feels welcome to be themselves and explore their own unique identity. 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.
36:52
June 18, 2021
44 ¦ From retrieval to review: Structuring a motivated language lesson
This episode is a follow up to Ep. 43 on 'Structuring a language curriculum without a textbook' and focuses on the individual language acquisition lesson and how I structure it to keep motivation at the forefront of each class. At the end of the episode I also speak about what this structure looks like in my lesson planning. I hope you find this practical episode useful! 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.
24:08
June 11, 2021
43 ¦ From August to June: Structuring a language curriculum without a textbook
Thank you to The #MotivatedClassroom patron, Margit Alexy, for prompting me to do an episode on how I structure a year of language acquisition curriculum without a textbook. In this episode I go into some detail about what my Spanish Level 1 sequence of learning looks like over a whole year, before giving a brief overview of what this translates into for older, more advanced, students a few years later in their language learning journey. 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 🙏
28:11
June 04, 2021
42 ¦ The power of positive emotions in the language classroom
Anxiety, stress, nervousness and a high 'affective filter' is often discussed around language learning, but what happens when you focus on positive emotions? It's time we talked about the research behind positive emotions in the language classroom rather than focusing on the negative ones. In this episode I provide an overview of the key research in this area and how we can apply it to our classes to make the experience more welcoming, fun and interesting for our students.  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 🙏
27:14
May 28, 2021
41 ¦ What every teacher needs to know about memory and motivation with Steve Smith
In this episode I am joined by the fascinating, knowledgeable and highly inspirational, Steve Smith, to talk about memory and motivation in the language classroom. Steve is a former Head of Modern Languages in England. He has taught French for over 30 years and is the author of the resources website frenchteacher.net. He has also co-authored five books for language teachers with with Dr. Gianfranco Conti with the latest being What Every language Teacher Should Know. This episode is an absolute must-listen for all language teachers! 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 🙏
34:28
May 21, 2021
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 07, 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 02, 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 05, 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 05, 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 08, 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 05, 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 06, 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 09, 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 02, 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 04, 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 09, 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 02, 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