“[Language] learning entails not only the acquisition of new knowledge structures, but also assimilation of new social and cultural ideas.” – R.C. Gardner

Language experts have confirmed that motivation plays a significant role in language learning. Webster defines motivation as “a motivating force, stimulus, or influence.” This motivating force can either be intrinsic (originating from within) or extrinsic (coming from outside). When you harness extrinsic motivation, you can be more motivated in learning a language by appreciating its key benefits, namely, increasing your job opportunities, maximizing your potential, improving global understanding to confidently engage with others, and enhancing your critical and creative thinking skills that are vital to your professional success!

Also, according to research, current job market requirements not only include language proficiency, but also the ability to apply this knowledge in various professional settings accordingly. Examples of common language-related business activities includes brainstorming, business presentations, decision making with multicultural teams and cross-cultural communication.

As you start your course or continue on with your language learning journey, keep intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in mind. Know your “big why” and understand what you will gain in the end. Yes, you may face difficulties along the way, but surely you will come out better in this exciting and rewarding experience! Start learning now!

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