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Motivational Practices - Creative Teaching and Learning through Cross-Curricular Activities: Using cross-curricular activities in order to promote students' motivation to the subject of English
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study aims to analyze and evaluate how cross-curricular activities could be used with the science-program in the ESL-classroom in order to raise and nurture students’ motivation. The study also aims to identify the determining motivational factor(s) in the ESL-classroom. Finally, the study aims to analyze and evaluate how teachers can make use of Dörnyei’s motivational taxonomy in order to conduct motivation based teaching.

This study is divided into three different parts. The first part is analyzation of three different lessons by using a thematic logbook. The first lesson was conducted through a ”traditional” approach, while the second and third lesson was conducted through a creative approach which involved a cross-curricular activity. The second part is the carrying out of student surveys to compare the lesson observations with students’ responses in order to find possible factors that improve motivation and interest. The third part is analyzing the result by Dörnyei’s taxonomy in order to investigate the impact of the teaching on students’ motivation.

The results of this study show that cross-curricular teaching has a positive impact on students’ motivation towards the subject of English, and it is also one of the determining motivational factors. The second factor is the active participation and encouragement from the teacher. A cross-curricular assignment was created and carried out in order to demonstrate how cross-curricular activities can be used in the ESL-classroom. Finally, the results from the application of Dörnyei’s taxonomy shows that teachers can make use of the taxonomy to reflect on previous lessons in order to identify if the right conditions for motivation were created and protected.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 38
Keywords [en]
Education, ESL, English, motivation, teaching, learning, creative activities, cross-curricular activities, action research
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Learning Specific Languages Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-40139OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-40139DiVA, id: diva2:1334500
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English
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Subject Teacher Education for Secondary School
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