Motivation and Attitude as the Fuel to Develop English Language Classroom Activities: A Self-Determination Study

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Yendli Soranny Molina-Leal
Paola Lizeth Peña-Cerón


This research study assesses the levels of attitude and motivation that tenth-grade students manifest during English Language classroom activities. The study follows the Self Determination Theory to analyze these students’ levels of attitude and motivation in the classroom activities proposed by an English Language teacher at a public school in Bogotá. Findings demonstrate that there are four different types of activities presented and developed by the participating teacher. The students express their levels of motivation with a high percentage in perceived competence, and their levels of negative attitude with a low percentage in pressure and tension. An emergent result displays teachers’ imposition, students’ attention, and obtaining rewards or punishments during the classroom activities process.

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Molina-LealY. S., & Peña-CerónP. L. (2020). Motivation and Attitude as the Fuel to Develop English Language Classroom Activities: A Self-Determination Study. HOW Journal, 27(2), 73-92.
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Yendli Soranny Molina-Leal

Yendli Soranny Molina Leal holds a BA in Modern Languages from La Salle University, Bogotá, Colombia. She currently studies an MA in Didactic of Languages at the same university. She has worked as an English language teacher at preschool, elementary, and secondary level.

Paola Lizeth Peña-Cerón

Paola Lizeth Peña Cerón holds a BA in Modern Languages from La Salle University, Bogotá, Colombia. Currently, she works at an English and French language academy with students from 11 to 60 years old. 


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