Creating a Motivating Classroom Environment

  • Zoltán Dörnyei
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE, volume 15)


This chapter addresses the complex question of what makes a classroom environment motivating. It will be argued that in order to understand the psychological tapestry of classroom life, we need to adopt an interdisciplinary approach and draw on research findings from a number of different areas within the social sciences, such as group dynamics, motivational psychology, educational studies, and second language research. The assumption underlying this chapter is that the motivating character of the learning context can be enhanced through conscious intervention by the language teacher, and accordingly the main facets of the environment will be discussed with such a proactive and practical objective in mind. Key concepts to be addressed include group cohesiveness and interpersonal relations, group norms and student roles, the teacher’s leadership styles, and the process of facilitation, as well as the main phases of a proactive, motivational teaching practice within a process-oriented framework.


Language Learning Classroom Environment Group Dynamic Leadership Style Learner Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zoltán Dörnyei
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  1. 1.The University of NottinghamUK

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