Kobe JALT:

Examining Learner Autonomy Dimensions

Date: Saturday, July 24th, 2010 Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Speaker: Jonathan Aliponga (Kansai University of International Studies, Craig Gamble (Kansai Gaida), Yasuko Koshiyama (Kansai University of International Studies), Keiko Yoshida (Kobe Gaidai)

Description:
Learners who take responsibility for their own learning, make their own choices and capable of self-reflection, are found to be successful learners. Unlike learners from the West, studies on learner autonomy revealed that Japanese students do not possess these characteristics. Holden and Usuki (1999) found out in their study that Japanese students are not autonomous learners. Although their study has provided valuable data on learner autonomy and the role of learning environment in shaping Japanese students’ capability to be autonomous, the study’s scope was limited only to six groups of four to five Japanese college students. It is the aim of the present research to validate the results of the study of Holden and Usuki by providing a larger sample size. The learner autonomy dimensions examined in this study are responsibility, ability and activity.

Organization: Kobe Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Kobe JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: Kobe YMCA (2-7-15 Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe. tel: 078-241-7204)

Location: Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

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