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ERIC Number: EJ1180390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0119-5646
Are Learners Becoming More Autonomous? The Role of Self-Access Center in EFL College Students' English Learning in Taiwan
Chung, I-Fang
Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, v22 n4 p701-708 Nov 2013
The research study seeks to explore college students' motivation for visiting Self-Access English Learning Center (SAC) and how learner autonomy might be developed through SACs. Data were collected by interviewing students and English instructors to identify the role that SACs play in learning English. A total of 24 juniors and four English teachers from four universities in Taiwan joined the focus group interviews and in-depth interviews, respectively. Findings reveal that students' motivation for visiting SACs is mainly instrumental since meeting course requirement and preparing for English proficiency tests were most commonly mentioned. Most teachers try to enhance the links between the taught English course and self-access learning at SACs, so participants generally perceive the usefulness of SACs but tend to be dependent on teachers in learning. The findings indicate the discrepancy between the prospective role of SACs and the role they actually play. Furthermore, the establishment of SACs does not necessarily result in autonomous learning among their users. In the context of Taiwan, autonomous learning needs to be encouraged with sufficient and ongoing support from teachers so that SACs would play a better role in developing autonomous and independent learners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
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