Hayo Reinders |
Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Sara Cotterall |
School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Independent language learning is an essential complement to classroom-based learning, both for reasons of efficiency in learning and as a means to develop learner autonomy. In an effort to encourage out-of-class learning, many institutions in the last ten years have established language resource centres where learners are encouraged to learn independently. This article reports on an investigation of the perceptions and practices of a group of learners enrolled in an intensive English course in relation to their out-of-class language learning. The investigation included an evaluation of the self-access resources in terms of their efficiency and effectiveness as welll as an investigation of learners' understanding of the concepts involved in independent learning. It was found that learners hold positive attitudes towards independent learning, and a number of factors contributing to these perceptions were identified. However, it was also found that these attitudes were based on a rather shallow awareness of what independent learning entails.
2020. A Framework for the Assessment of Learner Autonomy in Language Learning. In ICT-Based Assessment, Methods, and Programs in Tertiary Education [Advances in Educational Technologies and Instructional Design, ], ► pp. 1 ff.
Chostelidou, Dora & Eleni Manoli
2020. E portfolio as an alternative assessment tool for students with learning differences. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research 8:5 ► pp. 507 ff.
Moussalli, Souheila & Walcir Cardoso
2020. Intelligent personal assistants: can they understand and be understood by accented L2 learners?. Computer Assisted Language Learning 33:8 ► pp. 865 ff.
2007. Big brother is helping you: Supporting self-access language learning with a student monitoring system. System 35:1 ► pp. 93 ff.
Reinders, Hayo, Penny Hacker & Marilyn Lewis
2004. The language adviser's role: identifying and responding to needs. The Language Learning Journal 30:1 ► pp. 30 ff.
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