Shifting the Balance: Promoting Autonomy and Self-reflection in ESP

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Thursday 11 May

TRACK 2:
PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATIONS

P R E S E N T A T I O N
Shifting the Balance: Promoting Autonomy and Self-reflection in ESP“,
Ms. Stepanka Bilova, Masaryk University, The Czech Republic
Ms. Barbora Chovancova, Masaryk University, The Czech Republic

Place: Room D407
Time: 11.15 – 12.00
Description: The modern trend in language teaching emphasises the need to develop skills that enable students to become self-sufficient in their future life with a foreign language. It will depend on particular institutions to what extent will student autonomy be made possible within their formal framework.  In this talk, we will explore two different learning situations in which learner autonomy is being promoted; the first an elective ESP course for students across university entitled English Autonomously (EA), the second a standard ESP course English for Lawyers compulsory for all Law Faculty undergraduates. While the former is primarily about student self-reflection, it is also possible to introduce elements of autonomy into the latter, more structured course. Based on our experience as EA module counsellors and ESP practitioners, we will comment on and discuss techniques such as keeping learning diaries, individual counselling, peer review, and classroom activities promoting group work and student autonomy.