KOTESOL 2019 National Conference

David Devora

Hoseo University

Motivation • Room 107 • 10:00

David Devora(Hoseo University)

Talk / Using Personal Relationships to Motivate English Learning

Learner motivation / creativity

This workshop will examine my educational philosophy of relational teaching as it relates to motivating students through personal relationships, group games, and interpersonal activities in the EFL classroom. Students are motivated by many factors such as curriculum, organization of class, and management. However, this workshop will analyze other non-academic motivation factors including teacher personality, character, and temperament. My “iceberg” theory proposes that student motivation is subconsciously influenced by teacher’s passion, enthusiasm, charisma, and positive attitude. Who the teacher is and what the teacher does in and outside of class both influence the learning and motivating process. The teacher therefore must assume many roles to motivate students with high levels of approving, encouraging, and inspiring. The second part of this workshop will explore several practical “sharing and caring” techniques, building rapport, relational reciprocity, and interpersonal activities that have worked in my classes over the last 10 years.

About David

David Devora is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Organizational Psychology at Hoseo University in Cheonan. He also teaches several elective and conversation classes. He holds a degree in Psychology from California State University, Bakersfield. He is the President of Cheonan Toastmasters. He was the Vice-President of Cheonan for the Daejeon-Chungcheong Chapter of KOTESOL from 2013-2016. He is a self-taught EFL teacher and has over 10 years of teaching experience in Korea. He also enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with friends. He has a black belt in Taekwondo.