Publication details

Motivating Through Autonomy: Theoretical Framework Ilustrated



Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source CASALC Review
MU Faculty or unit

Language Centre

Field Linguistics
Keywords autonomy; intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
Description Students come to universities not as tabulae rasae but as mature learners with a past. They are expected to have experience and metacognitive skills that help them take control of their learning and reflect on the learning process. When their autonomy is encouraged, they can develop into independent learners who will not learn for school but for life. This is also evident in their motivation. Our course English Autonomously (EA) has shown in the last three semesters significant progress in language competence, metacognition, learning strategies and also in motivation. This paper itroduces some theoretical constructs of motivation with a focus on autonomy within and illustrate them with authentic examples provided by the students.