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    Default Demotivation / demotivating

    Please have a look at this and help me with the word "demotivation?
    Is it correct to use the word demotivation or shall I use "demotivating"?
    I checked the Cambrige Dictionary but I couldn't find this word. Instead I found it as an ing-form. Yet, I find the word "demotivation" familiar. So can you help me get the right choice, please?

    <<In addition, pupils should not be afraid of making mistakes, they should put in mind that they learn from these mistakes. Hence the teacher should be aware of when to correct these mistakes to avoid humiliationand demotivating / demotivation.>>

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Demotivation / demotivating

    N.A.T.

    Just use demotivation. It fits perfectly there. You could use "demotivating" with an extension. Without it, that doesn't make sense. I think there is something missing in the second sentence. What should teachers be aware of?

    <<In addition, pupils should not be afraid of making mistakes, they should put in mind that they learn from these mistakes. Hence the teacher should be aware of (that?) correcting these mistakes to avoid humiliation and demotivation.>>

    P.S.: Ok, I've read your post again. Are you suggesting that teachers should not correct all errors pupils make to not humilate or demotivate them?
    Last edited by Michael84; 23-Jun-2011 at 16:49. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: Demotivation / demotivating

    Quote Originally Posted by Nannou View Post
    Please have a look at this and help me with the word "demotivation?
    Is it correct to use the word demotivation or shall I use "demotivating"?
    I checked the Cambrige Dictionary but I couldn't find this word. Instead I found it as an ing-form. Yet, I find the word "demotivation" familiar. So can you help me get the right choice, please?

    <<In addition, pupils should not be afraid of making mistakes, they should put in mind that they learn from these mistakes. Hence the teacher should be aware of when to correct these mistakes to avoid humiliationand demotivating / demotivation.>>

    Thanks in advance.
    It's not a very commonly used word. I'd use "discourage", and its derivatives.
    If you have to use it, why not "... to avoid humiliating and demotivating them"?

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    Default Re: Demotivation / demotivating

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael84 View Post
    N.A.T.

    P.S.: Ok, I've read your post again. Are you suggesting that teachers should not correct all errors pupils make to not humilate or demotivate them?
    Yes that's what I mean.
    Thanks a lot for your precious help.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's not a very commonly used word. I'd use "discourage", and its derivatives.
    If you have to use it, why not "... to avoid humiliating and demotivating them"?
    Thanks also Raymott for your valuable suggestion. In fact, that was my choice also:
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    Pupils should not be afraid of making mistakes, they should put in mind that they learn from these mistakes. Hence the teacher should be aware of when to correct these mistakes to avoid humiliating or demotivating them."


    I'm really grateful.


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    Default Re: Demotivation / demotivating

    I wouldn't use put in mind- how about keep/bear?

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