Thu, September 06, 4:30 pm
Short paper (30 minutes)
Thomas Stones (Kwansei Gakuin University/BEO), Richard Arber (BEO), Tamami Kita
Goal-setting has long been advocated as a means to improve the efficacy of self-directed learning by allowing learners to set achievable, concrete targets that facilitate effective study. However, its effective integration into English-language courses is an area of challenge for many educators. This paper reports on the approach to goal-setting implemented on a pre-master’s programme in Japan, detailing the training learners received, their perceptions of goal setting, the types of independent-learning behaviour targeted and the factors that influenced the goals set. The paper finally outlines recommendations for how to effectively implement goal setting and avenues for future research.