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ERIC Number: EJ1256529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2164-5965
Improving Student Motivation through Autonomous Learning Choices
Chalupa, Cynthia; ter Haseborg, Heiko
NECTFL Review, n74 p53-85 Sep 2014
Numerous studies have examined the manner and degree to which increased motivation can improve student learning and performance in a foreign language. Others have drawn a connection between the implementation of autonomous learning choices and an increase in motivation among students to learn. Few have put together theory and practice to suggest methods for teachers to improve student motivation through the use of autonomous learning choices in the classroom. This article addresses that gap by outlining concrete instructional ideas for promoting learner autonomy, which can improve student motivation to learn a language. The study was conducted over two semesters with 108 university students taking intermediate and advanced German courses in which an autonomous learning framework was implemented. Data were collected using a self-assessment survey, an autonomous learning survey, and reflective statements to illustrate the positive impact of autonomous learning choices on student motivation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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