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ERIC Number: EJ721920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0952-3987
Promoting Independent Learning Through Language Learning and the Use of IT
Chia, Christian Shyh Chiuan
Educational Media International, v42 n4 p317-332 Dec 2005
Students from the People's Republic of China enrolled in an "English for academic purposes" (EAP) programme at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore is strongly encouraged to take an active role and be independent to some extent in its learning. For this purpose a self-access centre (SAC) was set up where students themselves decide on the kinds of learning activities they wish to participate in at the centre. This weekly 1 hour session is built into the curriculum so that all students, regardless of their English proficiency, have the opportunity to develop autonomy in their learning. Unlike traditional self-access centres, where worksheets usually form the core resource, the SAC at NIE taps resources from the Internet. Students can access these resources even when they are off campus. In addition, other resources, such as CDs, VCDs and reading materials, are available at the centre for students to use in order to improve their English. The first section of this paper provides some background information and gives an account of how the SAC at NIE is set up. In the second section, a brief literature review on the Chinese culture of learning is presented. The paper concludes by discussing students' views on self-access learning. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; Singapore