LOUISE OHASHI (MEIJI UNIVERSITY)

HELPING STUDENTS MANAGE THEIR OWN LEARNING: A WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS : LANGUAGE LEARNING

Language proficiency is a pursuit that requires sustained practice over many years. Educators can assist learners to develop skills in their target language through classwork and homework, but students also need to become effective at managing their own learning. In this workshop, the presenter will share ways that teachers can nurture learner autonomy and help students to manage their language development. The workshop focuses on the following areas: reflecting on previous language learning experiences; identifying/clarify long-term and short-term goals; planning tasks that address goals; ensuring plans are SMART; putting plans into action; reflecting on actions (and inaction); modifying plans; and, continuing the learning cycle. Participants will also be introduced to online materials that can be used by learners independently to improve their language skills. All of the tools that will be introduced can be used by English learners, with some also useful for learners of other languages.

Louise Ohashi is a CALL/MALL enthusiast who teaches English in Japan at Meiji University (full-time) and Gakushuin University (adjunct). In addition to her research with digital technologies, she has also investigated the role teachers can play in supporting learner autonomy and out-of-class learning. Follow her on Twitter @ohashilou