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ERIC Number: EJ918016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1362-1688
Lessons about Learning: Comparing Learner Experiences with Language Research
Rowland, Luke
Language Teaching Research, v15 n2 p254-267 Apr 2011
This is an account of how one class of English language learners compared and contrasted their language learning experiences with English language teaching (ELT) research findings during a five-week Intensive Academic Preparation course at an Australian university. It takes as its starting point the fact that learners, unlike teachers and researchers, are rarely, if ever, encouraged to view language research as a potentially valuable resource. Using an exploratory practice approach (Allwright, 2003, 2005; Allwright & Hanks, 2009), the class examined and discussed both the structure and the content of three language teaching journal articles during regular English lessons. The comparisons the students made between their own language learning experiences and the research in the articles helped us to recognize three important characteristics of the learners in our class: (1) their pride in their personal knowledge of English language learning, (2) their understanding of themselves as individuals within the language learning process, and (3) their obvious concern with how their wider lives impact upon their learning approaches. Most importantly from a pedagogical standpoint, I witnessed my students develop as reflective, critical language experts in their own right through this experience of engaging with both the processes and the products of language research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia