The purpose of this paper is to examine some of the methods for boosting the positive motivation of students in teaching a foreign language (English) in university. The authors employ problem-based learning and questionnaire-based surveying as their primary research methods intended to help boost student motivation for learning a foreign language (English) and subsequently evaluate the outcomes. The paper defines the concepts of motivation and positive motivation and provides a detailed characterization of the system of motivating the learning of a foreign language. As a consequence of this research study, the authors identify some of the key factors shaping positive student motivation for learning a foreign language (English) and bring forward a set of methods for learning and teaching foreign language material that may best motivate students to engage actively in learning and cognitive activity. The paper experimentally substantiates the motivational efficiency of problem- based learning as a stimulus for the mental activity of students learning a foreign language and provides an insight into the potential of play-based technology intended to help connect motivational factors with speech practice. © 2017. revistaESPACIOS.com.