Sat, September 08, 1:00 pm
Short paper (30 minutes)
Aaron Hahn (Fukuoka University)
This presentation examines the role that autonomy plays in a corpus of over 170 lesson activity plans published in the professional journal of the Japan Association for Language Teaching. I present lexicogrammatical evidence demonstrating that the collectively constructed image of language teaching is one where teachers act and students are acted upon. Second, I look at activities that explicitly invoke autonomy and related topics, and show that in many cases the authors fail to actually promote autonomous learning. Finally, I examine a few cases where student voices appear in these texts, and discuss what those instances imply about student-teacher relationships.