Johanna Rakaseder, Rebecca Turner
Johanna Rakaseder was born in Nicaragua in 1973. She holds a PhD in Spanish by the University of Vienna and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration by St. Michael’s College, USA (Fulbright Scholarship). Johanna is Professor of Spanish and Head of Spanish and French at the Department of Media and Economics of the Applied University of St. Pölten, Austria. In 2014 she was awarded with the title of FH-Professor for her research and teaching performance. From 2013 – 2018 she was the International Coordinator of the Department of Media and Economics of the Applied University of St. Pölten and she has taught as a guest lecturer at different Partner Universities in Spain, Germany, Finnland and Russia, with topics related to Language and Culture, Intercultural and International Marketing and Austrian Media Landscape. Rebecca Turner is Head of English in the Department of Media and Economics at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. She has been in the TEFL business since 1994, has worked as DoS in a private business language school in Vienna, as well as running the Cambridge CELTA teacher training course. Rebecca is author of ‘English for Emails’ from Cornelsen Verlag and has been part of the authoring team on the “Business Result” series by Oxford University Press.
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. – Robert Collier There are two kinds of people in this world: those who want to get things done and those who don’t want to make mistakes. – John Maxwell Stimulating motivation is usually easy at the beginning of a new course as most students are curious, enthusiastic and expectations are high – but how can we sustain these feelings? Motivation is crucial for effective learning; however, as our courses progress, we are often left scratching our heads and asking ourselves why our students appear to have lost their motivation. Furthermore, a lack of motivation has negative effects on a variety of aspects, classroom dynamics, levels of performance and ultimately enjoyment. For teachers, working with a demotivated class is hard work, deflating and leaves us with a sense of dissatisfaction – so what can we do? In this workshop we will address the topic of motivation and how we can continue to motivate our students. Through a variety of media, we will discuss aspects of motivation, we will try out materials from both Spanish and English courses that have motivated students, and look at techniques which motivate. Participants will be encouraged to share their ideas and contribute to our interactive and hands-on workshop.