The purpose of this article is to study the perception of Iranian EFL learners of the importance and frequency of their teachers’ motivational strategies. Preceded by a few similar studies, this research study was conducted in the cultural milieu of Iran where learners have different characteristics compared to their counterparts in other areas of the world. A total of 168 students took part in the study and completed a Likert scale questionnaire on both importance and frequency of the motivational strategies in their language classrooms. The descriptive and correlational analyses revealed that there is relative congruence between what the students regarded to be important and what their teachers performed in the classrooms. Besides, the students’ choice of the strategies shows that they consider the teacher as the major model and source of confidence. The results are discussed with particular attention to the cultural context of Iran. © 2018 EJAL & the Authors. Published by Eurasian Journal of Applied Linguistics (EJAL). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY-NC-ND) (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
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