How to grab them by the E.A.R? – Improving students’ motivation in listening classes
In mixed-level English classes, the differences in students’ proficiency pose huge challenges for teachers. Surveys at intensive listening classes at International University show that over 40% of the students require multiple times of listening. Meanwhile, the rest find 1 or 2 times sufficient and thus feel demotivated with every repetition of the listening passage. To increase students’ motivation for the third time of listening, we propose a strategy called E.A.R: Extension and Rewards. 130 students participate in this mixed-method research. The research shows E.A.R has positive results and can also be applied in other skill classes.