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Development of an Effective Short-Term Intervention Program for Supporting and Facilitating Self-Directed Learning

英語 教授 Terri Lee Nagahashi

今進めていること

Successful foreign language learners share several common characteristics. Generally speaking, they are highly motivated, self-directed learners, who are capable of setting goals, locating resources, and employing effective learning strategies. They understand that learning a foreign language involves a commitment of time and energy over an extended period of time. In addition, they realize that time spent in a classroom is not enough to achieve a level of proficiency that allows them to communicate competently.

少々詳しく言うと・・・

How can we help our students become more self-directed, successful English language learners? One way that I have found is through a short-term intervention program I designed to help students develop the skills to control their own learning. The program has three main steps. In the first step, students explore English language learning resources to discover materials they find interesting and useful. In the second step, they complete the Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL). This survey allows them to identify their preferred language learning strategies and to become aware of other strategies they may not have used before. In the third step, they learn how to set and progress toward short-term goals. In the past, many of the students who successfully completed this short-term intervention program went on to become more independent learners. In fact, results of a follow-up questionnaire completed by 40 students eight weeks after completing the intervention program showed that 65 percent of the students had continued learning on their own.

ここまで到達したい!

My current plan is to implement this short-term intervention program during the second semester of the 2011-2012 Academic Year. I will begin by working with the two groups of freshmen (approximately 100 students) that will be taking my CALL II course. After completing the program, students will be tracked, both in the short-term and long-term, to determine the efficacy of the intervention. Adjustments to the program will be made accordingly.

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