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Our action research, conducted in a shared English course at a Japanese university, attempts to explore if motivation increases when a focus is placed on communication both among students and between teachers and students. Would increased communication motivate students to cooperate more and to ask for help from each other and their teachers? One issue that emerged from the research was an increase in communication between teachers and students, but not between students. Assigning classroom jobs, and having a weekly ten-minute English warm-up, helped to facilitate these changes. Surveys, weekly meetings, and teaching diaries were used to collect the data.