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ERIC Number: EJ921014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1345-8353
Fostering Autonomy in EFL Cross-Cultural Distance Learning
Lee, Hikyoung
Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, v12 n1 p105-119 2008
The Korea Waseda Cross Cultural Distance Learning Project (KWCCDLP) is an endeavor to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural differences of speakers from different backgrounds through the medium of English. The project fully utilizes a student centered approach to learning where learners are the agents. This project aimed at university level students is unique in its promotion of autonomy both in and outside of the classroom. Here, a case study of a joint course between a Korean and Japanese university is presented as a model for autonomous long distance learning. The various activities that comprise the course are presented and how they instill responsibility in learners is discussed. Relevant examples show that activities catering to the learner's interests are effective in lowering anxiety and enabling learners to focus on meaningful interaction instead of grammatical accuracy. In addition, the activities show that autonomy is achieved through collaboration and scaffolding provided by peers. Once the course is over, students maintain and retain relationships with each other which results in continuous, meaningful interaction in naturalistic (as opposed to the formal learning context of the course) contexts. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics. Department of English, Namseoul University, 21 Maeju-ri, Seonghwan-eup, Cheonan-city, Choongnam, Korea 330-707. Tel: +82-2-3290-1995; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan; South Korea