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Motivation in the ESL ClassroomWhat is motivation and why is it important in an english as a Second Language Learners (ESL) class? Some would say that without motivation in life, very little would be accomplished. Humans need motivation, whether intrinsic or extrinsic, to accomplish daily activities. Why use all our energy to go to the gym? Perhaps we want to be healthy, thin, meet a partner, relax... There could be many different motivations that get us off that couch. Let’s take a look at what motivates students in the ESL classroom. Merriam-Webster defines motivation (For english learners) as: 1. a. the act or process of giving someone reason for doing something: the act or process of motivating someone. b. the condition of being eager to act or work: the condition of being motivated. 2. a force or influence that causes someone to do something. For the purpose of this paper, we will use definition number 2. “Teachers skills in motivating students should be seen as central to effectiveness.” Dornyei 2001:116 Motivation seems to be essential for learning. So what can teachers do to help this motivation process? Dimitrios Thanalous in his article on motivation states that a basic motivational framework should be put in place. This framework should consist of: Teacher