Behavioural economics is the study of how psychological, social, cognitive, and emotional factors affect decision making. Despite its name, many of the findings uncovered in this emerging field have many practical benefits in the classroom. Just a few small changes and additions to everyday classroom activities can provide an extrinsic motivational boost that can increase engagement with the target language and in turn increase students' intrinsic motivation. This presentation will cover a number of findings from behavioural economics research, while relating each one to a number of techniques and tips the presenter has used and that teachers can use in the classroom to motivate their students. The ideas introduced can be used with students of any age and in almost any classroom context. The audience will be invited to share their own ideas and tips and to think of how they can incorporate some of the motivational techniques introduced into their current classroom routines.
Biography: Arthur Rutson-Griffiths is Assistant Director of the Bunkyo English Communication Centre at Hiroshima Bunkyo Women's University. He has been teaching English for six years, mostly in Japan.