Learner Autonomy: Is it important? If is it, why is it and how can we promote it; should we? I've punctuated the title a bit, in ways that Twitter discourages. This becomes important in the light of comments in light of one of the ...
In this post, Arizio Sweeting, a Cambridge ESOL Oral Examiner, shares a simple learner training approach to listening and pronunciation development using a shadowing technique. Start by selecting a short audio text for your learners to work with.
Borg, S., & Al-Busaidi, S. (2012). Teachers’ beliefs and practices regarding learner autonomy. ELT Journal, 66(3), 283-292.
This paper describes a project about the beliefs and practices regarding learner autonomy (LA) held by English language teachers in a university language centre. A distinctive feature of this project was the manner in which professional development workshops for the teachers were informed by prior research about these teachers’ perspectives on LA. Following a brief rationale for the project, we outline its research component before illustrating how this shaped the teacher workshops. The model for relating research and professional development we illustrate here is one that we believe can be applied more generally in supporting teacher development and institutional change in ELT.
The writer firstly reviews the literatures on learner autonomy, metacognitivestrategies and learning strategy training, in which the inter-relationship among thethree concepts is explored and the theoretical background for the ...
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