How to measure autonomy in language learning. — In this chapter I am going to talk about the difficulties found while trying to measure autonomy. In addition, I am going to briefly describe some of the studies done about autonomous language learning.
The most famous example of a comparative study between traditional school and autonomous language learning is by Dam and Legenhausen (1996), who compared the autonomous classroom taught by Dam to a normal German classroom. They found that the learners from an autonomous classroom used the language in a more varied manner than the learners from a mainstream classroom. Little mentions that :
“They have provided a wealth of evidence to show how and why Dam’s approach is more successful than mainstream teacher-led approaches (see, e.g., Dam and Legenhausen 1996, Legenhausen 1999a, 1999b, 1999c). (Little (n.d.) online)”
Legenhausen has continued to provide data on the topic, mostly with data collected on the project called LAALE (Language Acquisition in an Autonomous Learning Environment) (Legenhausen 2001: 57).
Autonomy is generally discussed as having different degrees, and learners becoming ‘more’ or ‘less’ autonomous over time, and as Benson (2011: 65) notes this implies that we have at least some ‘intuitive scale’ for measuring autonomy. However, more precise scale of autonomy is not available, because of the individual nature of autonomy. Benson provides us with an example of this:
“At the risk of over-simplification, one learner may be good at drawing up and following study plans using self-access materials, while another may be good at creating opportunities for interaction with target language speakers. Learners may also call upon different aspects of autonomy as different situations demand them. We might want to say that these learners are ‘equally’ autonomous, although they are, in fact, autonomous in different and possibly noncomparable, ways (Benson 2011: 66)”
Benson notes that in order to measure autonomy we have to be able to determine the components autonomy consists of. However, the problem lies with the fact that not all the elements are visible (Benson 2011: 65-66).
Moreover, Breen and Mann (1997: 141) discuss the possible danger of creating situations where learners start to wear a ‘mask of autonomous behaviour’, which means that learners learn to imitate the kind of behaviour the teacher requires them to perform, instead of genuinely becoming autonomous. According to Benson (2011: 68-69) there has not yet been a reliable method of testing autonomy, but what can be seen from the current study is that the tests need to be context-sensitive and usually suitable only for single use. It would seem that rather than being able to give an accurate scale of learners’ autonomy, we are able collect and record the personal experiences of learners. This method has been used for instance by Karlsson (1997) and Nordlund (1997) in the ALMS-project at the University of Helsinki.
All though an important area of study, measuring autonomy as such is not the focus of this study. Rather than trying to measure levels of autonomy or compare it to other learning styles, the current study studied the attitudes and preparedness of teachers, teacher trainees and learners towards autonomy even before they necessarily had experienced autonomous learning.
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Legenhausen, L. (2001). Discourse behaviour in an autonomous learning environment. In L. Dam (Ed.), The Aila Review 15. United Kingdom: The Charlesworth Group, 56-69.
Benson, P. (2011). Teaching and Researching: Autonomy in Language Learning (2nd edition). Great Britain: Pearson Education.
Breen, M. P. & Mann, S. (1997). Shooting arrows at the sun: Perspectives on a pedagogy for autonomy. In P. Benson & P. Voller (eds.), Autonomy and independence in language learning. London: Longman, 132-149.
Nordlund, J. (1997). Research into attitudes towards autonomy among teachers and learners, and the process of change. In L. Karlsson, F. Kjisik and J. Nordlund (eds.) From Here to Autonomy. Helsinki: Helsinki University Press, 65-93. [online] http://www.helsinki.fi/kksc/alms/pdf/FromHeretoAutonomy.pdf
Description: Educational technology tools for student has made the learning process feel engaging and fun. Discover 5 well-developed software that has improved student lives
Educational technology (EdTech) has shaped the face of learning in the digital era with its limitless possibility. Teachers praised it for its versatility in many contexts, and students do embrace it, for it gives them a whole new level of experience. Educational technology tools for student are a definite gem.
Software developers have collaborated with educational experts, schools, and higher institutions to create the novel digital learning tools. A lot of students have used them regularly and send positive feedback as they get the benefits. So, here are 5 EdTech tools that have forever changed the way students learn.
Edmodo. Imagine a social media-alike platform that enables students to connect with their teachers and classmates at fingertips. That’s how Edmodo comes up with the idea of building a learning ecosystem that’s not only inclusive but also interactive. Students will feel a sense of connectedness, even with distance learning.Edmodo has many incredible features, such as class folders and also a built-in planner. It makes the students feel less stressed and overwhelmed. Students can also instantly message the teachers or even ask help from classmates whenever they encounter a problem.
Google Arts and Culture. There is more to Google other than what we have been getting familiar with all this time. Google Arts and Culture is one of the educational technology apps that enrich student’s experience to explore art collections from many parts of the world. Visit the Van Gogh museum or zoom-in Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait art pieces.Learning arts and history will never feel the same anymore, and even it can be very addictive. This platform does offer a musical tour that, at the same time, introduces students to various world music virtuosos from the past centuries. Here’s when technology promotes artistic intelligence instead of hindering it.
Great Big Story. Curiosity is the driving factor that makes a learning process feel adventurous, and it becomes the very core trait of a lifetime learner. Answering the demand of all curious students, Great Big Story brings knowledge, facts, and stories in an easy-to-access package. It promotes optimism on how amazing this humankind is.Most of the contents come in short-video forms and bite-sized articles. Everyone can dive into it through their official websites, mobile apps, and even YouTube account. Learn further how an astronaut’s life looks, or how do Japanese farmers grow white strawberries and cubed watermelon.
Hemingway Editor.Writing is a practical skill that contributes a lot to a student’s journey, and it becomes one of the greatest assets in the future. Most students find it very intriguing to master English writing, no matter if they are native speakers or not. Here’s why Hemingway Editor is now available to help students in language lessons.Just copy and paste your writing pieces, and the tool will highlight any grammatical errors, passive voices, and complicated sentences. This kind of artificial intelligence machine is the best assistance to learn how to achieve bold and precise writing. Surely, everyone needs to write out in their best possible way.
Matific. Math is no longer a nightmare, thanks to the development of Matific as they gamify math like none ever did before. This example of innovative teaching tools is suitable for children from ages 4 to 11 and comes in an experimental game. Matific utilizes daily settings and ordinary objects to teach basic mathematical concepts.Studies have proven that learning math using Matific for at least 15 minutes a week will foster a child’s problem-solving skill and critical thinking. Here’s to welcoming the era where learning math is enjoyable and engaging.
So, these are 5 educational technology tools for student that help in facilitating a better learning experience. As much as students love them, teachers will be forever thankful too as now they’re having a lot of useful tools to develop creative teaching. Hopefully, you find any insights from this information and want to give them a try!
Information and Communications Technology in the Learning Process. — Characteristics of a teacher include formal education, teaching tenure, age, gender, training experience, accessibility for working as a teacher (city or village), participation in professional organizations of teachers ,.
Based on the literature review on characteristics of a teacher related to ICT, gender does not affect teachers ‘attitudes toward ICT  but is strongly associated with teachers’ beliefs and perceptions , collaboration with friends, seeking information and data processing, men are better than women .
Age significantly influences ICT skills . The teaching experience is correlated positively with the use of ICT . ICT facilities (hardware, software, and infrastructure) are positively correlated with the success of learning . The ownership length of the home computer and the experience of using computer severely affected the use of ICT .
Demographics factors that influence abilities to use ICT for example income level, level of education, age, and gender -. Factor the young teachers are better than the old teachers in using ICT resources . Factor demographic those male teachers more receptive than the female teachers to ICT use -.
Factor demographic level of education people influences on the use of ICT. A person that uses ICT is mainly educated people , because they have more skills and chances to go online . According to  said that the use of ICT by teachers is also influenced by academic discipline (that is, mathematic, sciences, social, arts, and humanities).
There are teachers who master ICT, but who are less successful at integrating it in learning process . The important thing for a teacher to learn is how to convey the material with ICT, not only the ability of students to master ICT. Some student’s easilly grasp the material and quickly master the ICT, some students master ICT only, and some students need technical assistance for both.
Therefore, a teacher must have a sound learning plan to overcome the problems of students, especially the beginners. Effective teaching implementing ICT requires an understanding of how technology relates to pedagogy and learning content; then the knowledge of technology cannot be handled independently of the material. An interdisciplinary approach is necessary to integrate ICT in learning process ,,,.
Teachers must understand how technology, pedagogy, learning content, and knowledge are an interconnected unity in the learning process. Teaching with technology requires a flexible framework that can be integrated with various pedagogical approaches and for various learning content/materials.
The first step teachers should undertake is to formulate the learning objectives, then to choose the appropriate type of activity for that purpose, and then to choose the right technology . Teachers should be careful in choosing the right strategies and technologies in learning process .
Instructional practices with ICT are able to enhance and support teaching and learning effectively . The technologies can mediate interaction, but it is how these technologies pedagogies are used to support collaborative practices optimally so that these make the difference in teaching and learning .
The teacher requires preparing deeper plan to teach with ICT, starting planning, implementation, and finally evaluation. Using technology can effectively improve pedagogical abilities in learning . ICT as a tool for improving the presentation of material, for making lessons more fun for the learners and for making administration more efficient . The use of ICTs in pedagogy could promote ‘deep’ learning .
Use technology in schools enables shifts in pedagogical practices, thus enable benefiting students’ learning . ICT supported learning environments can enhance to meaningful constructivist teaching and to make of learning environments to be the ideal .
This is shown that the use of ICT for teaching and learning very necessary. Therefore, pedagogy is required using ICT in learning . The educators may need extensive knowledge of ICT to be able to understand how to integrate the ICT into their pedagogy teaching . The use of ICT and integration of technology is dependent on number teachers’ readiness, confidence, knowledge, and ability to evaluate the role of ICT in teaching and learning.
relating to ICT include a computer, the Internet, hardware, and software. One free learning tool, available in a variety of applications, on the Internet includes social networking media ,. Social networking sites that can be used include Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Edmodo, and Google docs . An online tool that offers users a free cost to join and allows users to communicate and interact with each other is Edmodo. Edmodo’s social media is a tool to enhance learning experiences on science subjects.
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