'............It Seems Reasonable to Suggest That the Motivation That Students Bring to Class Is the Biggest Single Factor Affecting Their Success' 'the Practice of English Language Teaching' Harmer from Your Own

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The following comments are made with the above statement: I as an individual had a thirst for learning an internal drive (intrinsic motivation) that motivated me to pursue a Greek Course. Motivation also known as a “state of cognitive arousal” led me to act on my decision and set my desired goal to pursue the effort towards success that led me to attend classes. Furthermore, outside factors (extrinsic motivation) also play an important role i.e. my need for a career change, financial incentive, and the possibility of travelling in the future.

Moreover, external sources of motivation that students engage in the learning process are influenced by the attitudes of a number of people that form part of the environment. Firstly, the “goal:”
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Even though she was professionally dressed, spoke clearly and stood in front of the class where everyone could hear her, our first impression of her attitude was that she continuously talks a lot about her subject. When we continued to attend her lessons she came well prepared, and she had an excellent knowledge of her subject. She made us all participate, insisted on speaking the language, and was patient with us. We were engaged in her lesson with a variety of well prepared tasks to do, and we did not become undisciplined and paid attention.

She recognized what activities to incorporate in her class that were targeted to meet all student preferences. Her lessons were fun, interesting, and exciting, which was a motivational factor.

Agency: term borrowed from social sciences. We students are responsible for our own learning i.e. agency. The teacher must give us some autonomy to make decisions, such as writing on the board, controlling the cd player, and to possess class materials. The teacher asked us students what words we found difficult in Greek and made a list on the board and assisted us in the pronunciation. She also allowed us to choose our homework, such as writing an essay in Greek on any topic that we liked. She asked us if we had time to do homework or not. To give us students’ agency, some control of the lesson we felt motivated. Those students, who know how to use the

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