TED SIG: Creating basic motivational conditions in the JHS classroom: self esteem, sense of place and purpose

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Guy Smith, Komazawa University


Why are some teachers able to construct unified and calm learning groups while other equally dedicated ones struggle to do so? In the context of the EFL Japanese Junior High School, this article looks at a case study of one successful teacher and her facility in rapidly creating unified learner groups. Her strategies create individuals who display strong situational self-regulation skills in willingly accepting class group needs, thus creating a classroom environment which offers all participants a fair, productive, and supportive foundation for learning progress.