The desire of an individual or group to make an intentional effort toward achieving one or more goals is referred to as ‘motivation.’ There are two basic types of motivation: Extrinsic and Intrinsic: the former type being associated with the desire for some type of external reward, such as a new car, a house, a professional distinction, or perhaps job security; the latter type is associated with the desire for some sort of internal reward, such as the feeling that may develop inside oneself when that person comes to the aid or otherwise helps another individual or group, or such as when an individual with a debilitating mental illness is motivated toward obtaining and engaging in therapeutic interventions and subsequent inner-peace.
Every learner of a foreign language should self-assess their motivation. Please remember that extrinsic motivation and intrinsic motivation are not mutually exclusive; in fact, the two forms of motivation often work very well together, providing increased probability of goal-attainment.
The way an individual or group is currently thinking about themselves and their surroundings is referred to as ‘attitude.’ Some people possess a very stable attitude, while the attitudes of others can fluctuate dramatically and often. Attitudes may be either positive or negative, but they are rarely neutral. Developing and maintaining a positive attitude with regards to language acquisition is critical: the learner must believe in her- or him-self and the program in which they are enrolled. Your instructors at Lingo4all can help you develop a ‘can do’ attitude!