Publication details

Language and Non-Language Impact of Autonomy Support as Reported by the Students

Authors

ZOUHAR LUDVÍKOVÁ Lenka

Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Enseigner et apprendre les langues au XXIe siecle Méthodes alternatives et nouveaux dispositifs d'accompagnement
MU Faculty or unit

Language Centre

Citation
Field Pedagogy and education
Keywords autonomy; language learning; metacognition; language teaching; counselling
Description The article introduces a course English Autonomously which attempts to do so and provides the students with a framework that supports not only their development in language skills but also in learner autonomy. Students at universities are the last chance for the institutionalized system to direct them towards life-long learning. The article introduces a course English Autonomously which attempts to do so and provides the students with a framework that supports not only their development in language skills but also in learner autonomy. The self-evaluation of students´ progress is an inevitable part of the course and it also collects interesting data for a practitioner research. The students report progress in various areas: language skills, metacognition, learning strategies or attitudes. Therefore, the evaluation form was structured and data from 187 students of four semesters of the course have been compiled. The paper further explores the most frequently reported areas of development – speaking, writing and learning strategies. These are linked to the individual components of the course according to students´ reflections. Part of the article also oversees the changes that the students perceive in the area of their attitudes. This insight into the learners´ progress shows which components of the course work best for the course itself, for the students and for the teachers too. Students at universities are the last chance for the institutionalized system to direct them towards life-long learning.