Saturday 8:30 - 9:20 AM
Bong Sun Hwa, Olympic ParkTel
Learner Autonomy and Student Generated Language Tasks
Nagasaki University, Japan
Language teaching in Asian universities often takes place in large
classes with students of mixed ability, low motivation and with unclear
objectives on the part of the teacher and the students. Learner autonomy
offers us ways to improve this situation. One solution is to involve students
in the creation of language tasks.
This presentation argues that since students know what a task is, they
can take responsibility and generate their own. The presentation begins
with a discussion of important aspects of a task. It then goes on to explain
ways in which students can design their own language learning tasks. Activities
produced by students at Nagasaki university will be presented as successful
examples of learner autonomy. Potential problems and hints for their solution
will also be outlined.