ERIC Number: ED452738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Learner Training for Learner Autonomy on Summer Language Courses.
This paper briefly introduces the reader to the notions of learner training and learner autonomy. It makes practical suggestions as to how training might be woven into the typical short summer language program, in the hope that it might improve the students' effectiveness during and after the course. It is argued that this can be done in three ways: by giving explicit instructions to the learners; by allowing the learners to follow their ideas through in the classroom, by providing opportunities outside the classroom. Training is appropriate in most any situation, because it gives the learner the tools to learn the language more effectively. These same tools can be used effectively by the autonomous learner. Autonomy is quite possible without training, and training by itself does not entail autonomy. Learner training in certain area can broaden the horizons of the learners and may empower them to become autonomous in some or all aspects of language learning. In becoming actively involved in the process of learning, students may set their own objectives, and by working independently of the teacher both inside and outside the classroom and in selecting and using the strategies best suited to the occasion, they may realize a sense of autonomy, and this process will have been worthwhile. (Contains 8 references.) (KFT)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Personal Autonomy, Professional Autonomy, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Summer Programs, Teaching Methods
For full text: http://www.indigo.ie/~sdblang/personal/papers/training.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland