International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Factors that Indicate Foreign Language Teachers’ Positive Impact on Students to Maintain Their Interest
Dr. Comfort Pratt, Dr. Yanlin Wang, Dr. Amani Zaier

Americans lack foreign language skills, and there is no solution in sight as various issues compound the already dire situation, including failure to understand the importance of acquiring other languages, instructional and curricular problems, teacher shortage, and lack of long-term study.The latter was the focus of this study. By means of an online survey, this qualitative study investigated how foreign language teachers determine whether or not they have a positive impact on their students to maintain their interest in the languages for long-term study.Findings revealed that the teachers believed that the factors that were indicative of their ability to maintain their students’ interest were, in order, the interest the students showed in the classes and the languages, theirengagement during class activities and academic success, the motivation they demonstrated, the feedback they provided about their classes and activities, and their relationships with their teachers.

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