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How to encourage students to take learning a language they'll rarely use outside of our class more seriously other than movies, music, books?

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  • 1 month ago

    Only allow them to communicate in that language during class, weather it's with their friend or with you. They will be forced to learn beyond basic phrases and learn how to hold conversations if their grade is dependent on it. You're trying to achieve intrinsic learning, where students take interest in a subject due to their own will, but you can't force this. You need to adopt extrinsic learning where the student is driven to take an interest in something due to a reward, like a good grade.

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  • Elaine
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The students have to see the need for learning the language.  This can be done through various activities such cooking, watching films in that language, the cultural customs of people who live in the country where that language is spoken, etc. 

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  • Nathan
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    You really can't. If they aren't interested, they'll never be interested. It's not about encouraging them to learn a language, it's about making the lesson fun and interactive so they enjoy taking part. In turn, they learn the language too

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  • drip
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It is not just learning the language.  It is also learn the culture. Teaching them tho HS are different outside of the USA.   And you never know when you will use the language. Especially Spanish. 

    In HS we did a section on food. And got to eat food from the country. You can show them how teens dress there.. What their HS day is like. What classes they take. What they eat for lunch at school. Try to connect to a school.  FaceTime with a class. 

    My husband travels frequently.  Many people on other countries speak English. Or two languages.  Maybe our student will learn we should too. Keep up with what other students can do. 

    My husband was in Hungry. About 90 minutes outside of Budapest.  In a rural area. He said most everyone under 40 spoke two languages. 

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  • 1 month ago

    depends on the language. French and German are part of the ancestry of English and so taking them improves your English. Spanish is becoming more frequently used in the US and so sets your students up to be able to at least partly communicate in other parts of the US. Chinese is becoming more important in world trade and international affairs ... and larger portion of Americans will become involved in those areas in the future -- possibly including your students.

    Source(s): grampa
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