Motivational Teaching Strategies within Saudi University EFL Classrooms: How to Improve Students’ Achievement?



Motivation, strategies, learning, foreign language, teaching


Motivation is essential because it highly contributes to achievement. Teachers need to motivate their students in order to develop a positive outcome. Research on motivation for foreign language learning has shown that teachers should be aware of their actions and behaviors in classroom because it is very likely that they can demotivate learners. This study explores how motivational strategies used by English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers could increase the motivation of students to learn English as a foreign language. Participants included five EFL teachers along with one hundred first-year female students. The students completed a survey while the teachers took part in an interview. Both measures aimed to explore the attitudes of both teachers and students towards motivation in the foreign language classroom. Results showed that the most used motivational strategies were: resources that satisfy the students’ needs and interests, group work, active participation in class, and praises and rewards. The findings of this study can contribute to teachers’ knowledge of the motivational strategies that work best for students especially those that are pertinent to the Saudi context to improve their current teaching methods and can contribute also to further research on motivation.



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Author Biography

Seham Elashhab , Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Seham Elashhab has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from University of Ottawa, Canada. She has many years of English teaching experiences. Her research capabilities can be seen in several published papers in Applied Linguistics employing recent theories and approaches in the fields. Her research interests include all aspects of language teaching and learning as well as teacher development and training. She presented her work and conducted workshops in several conferences in various countries. She has been an active member in Accreditation Committee and Recruitment Committee of English Language Centre among others at Umm Al-Qura University.



How to Cite

Elashhab , S. . (2020). Motivational Teaching Strategies within Saudi University EFL Classrooms: How to Improve Students’ Achievement?. International Journal of Language and Literary Studies, 2(1), 124-141.