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LING6008 Autonomy and Individualisation in Language Learning

Module Overview

This course explores the themes of learner autonomy, resourced-based and open and distance learning and their practical outworking in an institutional context. You will be encouraged to think through ways of facilitating learning and in particular to consider the role of a self-access resources centre in the language learning process, including the place of technology. There will be plenty of opportunity to observe and work with learners using the Centre for Language Study (CLS) Language Resources Centre. Apart from the theoretical base which underpins the concept of learner autonomy, the topics covered, and their precise focus, will be selected in consultation with the course participants and the final programme will be drawn up after the first meeting.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• develop the themes of individualisation, learner autonomy, resourced-based and open and distance learning and their practical application in an institutional context; • engage with the theoretical concepts which underpin these themes; • allow you to explore your particular interests.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • current thinking in the area of learner autonomy and its related concepts;
  • the theoretical and practical issues relating to the area of learner autonomy such as needs analysis, learner strategies; learner support and training, materials design, use of technology and self-access centre design and use.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use appropriate technologies to prepare learning and teaching materials e.g. authoring software;
  • plan and monitor your own learning more effectively
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply the specific interests in learner autonomy that you have developed during the module to your own working context;
  • plan and design learning and support materials for use in a self-access centre.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate the theories, approaches and practical solutions that have been introduced during the module;
  • identify and analyse the issues surrounding the development of learner autonomy in a range of contexts.

Syllabus

This module explores the themes of learner autonomy, resourced-based and open and distance learning and their practical outworking in an institutional context. You will be encouraged to think through ways of facilitating learning and in particular to consider the role of a self-access resources centre in the language learning process, including the place of technology. There will be plenty of opportunity to observe and work with learners using the Centre for Language Study (CLS) Language Resources Centre. Apart from the theoretical base which underpins the concept of learner autonomy, the topics covered, and their precise focus, will be selected in consultation with the module participants and the final programme will be drawn up after the first meeting.

Special Features

Seminars will introduce general points of theory and their practical application. The formative tasks set will allow you to work independently or in groups to explore in greater depth the issues raised. You will be able to explore the link between learner autonomy and directed learning at first hand by deciding which themes you wish to cover during the course and which you wish to develop for formal assessment.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Seminars and workshops Learning activities include • Data collection e.g. observation of self-access learners; interviews; individually/group designed studies • Formative tasks and assignments, e.g. joint presentations; contributions to an online discussion forum; • Acquisition of technical skills

TypeHours
Independent Study102
Teaching48
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Phil Benson’s Autonomy Home Page.

Ciel Language Support Network (2000). Integrating independent learning with the curriculum. The Guide to Good Practice for learning and teaching in Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies. ,0 , pp. 0.

Little, D. (1991). Learner Autonomy. 1: Definitions, Issues and Problems. 

Benson, P. & Voller, P., eds. (1997). Autonomy and Independence in Language Learning. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessment Method Portfolio of up to 3 tasks (4000 words) OR Essay (student-chosen topic) (4000 words)

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%
Portfolio  (4000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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