Feature Article: Strategies for teacher motivation

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Joseph Falout, Nihon University



Many teachers of a foreign language (FL) may face struggles particular to their situations working abroad and become demotivated in their careers. Without easy access to support services, they may be susceptible to emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a sense of low personal accomplishment.This paper outlines processes by which teachers can regain and maintain their motivation by practical steps founded on three principles—managing emotions, joining communities, and boosting efficacy. FL teachers can generate agentive thinking and pathway thinking for their own remotivation, promoting proactive step-taking toward preferred futures for their students, colleagues, and themselves.