Articles in February 2012

Politeness is not just please and thank you

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English Teaching Professional 2010, issue 70
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'Say please!', children are often told, after saying something like 'Give me a biscuit'. If they ask why, they may receive the explanation, 'Because it's polite'. We English teachers sometimes do the same.

Motivation: the inside story

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Procedia Social and Behavioural Sciences 3 (2010) 24-27
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In this article, we will look at the difference between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, and why extrinsic motivation alone is not satisfactory for learning in the long run. It is suggested that although students may embark on learning for extrinsic reasons, a more intrinsic motivation can be developed in the classroom.