The concept of learner autonomy has been a central concern in the recent history of language teaching and learning; however, it has not yet entered classrooms on a larger scale. Informed by constructivist theories of learning, it still remains surrounded by numerous misconceptions and is often deemed to be too idealistic to stand the test of practice.
In this workshop, participants will explore the multiple facets of the concept of learner autonomy. By working in groups on different reading tasks, they will familiarise themselves with the basic characteristics of a pedagogy for autonomy. They will further see “autonomy in action” by watching a short sequence from a DVD, and will find out about ways of promoting autonomy in a university context.
Tuesday 19th May, 2015, 17:00 – 18:30
Institut für Anglistik, SR 11.13, Heinrichstraße 36, First Floor
Anja Burkert is a teacher of English (and French) at the University of Graz, Austria. She holds a Ph.D. in language teaching methodology and is especially interested in the promotion of learner autonomy among her students and in English for academic purposes. She obtained a teaching award from her university in 2010. In 2008, she joined the committee of the LASIG (Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group) of IATEFL as Events Organiser and is currently serving as Public Relations and Membership Officer.