Thu, September 06, 3:45 pm
Short paper (30 minutes)
Juanita Heigham (Nagoya University of Foreign Studies)
Research shows a positive correlation between learner autonomy and language learner success. However, research also shows that teachers tend to teach as they were taught and that beliefs about teaching and learning are difficult to change. These realities make it challenging for many teachers to foster autonomy in their classrooms. In this presentation, the presenter will discuss an elective learner autonomy teacher-development course designed for practicing English-language teachers in Japan. Course objectives, curriculum and outcomes will be presented, with time for open discussion about the ongoing challenge teachers face creating and maintaining an environment where learner autonomy can flourish.