Tips and Tools for Improving Learner Autonomy

Claire Frances, Sunghi In
2019 Journal of Korean Language Education  
The term "learner autonomy" refers to how learners can take more responsibility for their learning by choosing their own learning objectives, determining how to meet those objectives, selecting the necessary methods and techniques to learn vocabulary and grammar, and monitoring and evaluating their own learning (Holec,1981). Improving learner autonomy is important in many disciplines but is particularly crucial for language-learning, since learners will eventually use their language skills in
more » ... al life communicative situations. This paper 1 will provide examples from two very different institutional contexts -Grinnell College, which is a small liberal arts college of about 1700 students, located in rural Iowa (US), and Waseda University, a large university with more than 40,000 students, located in Tokyo-and two very different ways of teaching Korean -in a self-instructional/peer tutoring format at Grinnell, and in a foreign language class for non-majors at Waseda. Despite these differences, both schools encourage autonomous learning through peer education services, provided by native speakers or students who have already taken the class. Grinnell's system is called the Alternate Language Study Option (ALSO), 2 and Waseda's is the Learning Assistant (LA) room. Each program offers an example for how to foster or improve learner autonomy.
doi:10.24722/jaskle.14.0_73 fatcat:xuas65di6ngnlcxddip2yc5axi