Promoting autonomy through vocabulary journals

Jared R. Baierschmidt

Although promoting learner autonomy seems like a worthy goal for any language teacher from both practical and theoretical standpoints, what concrete methods are there for promoting autonomy in a classroom setting? This research investigated whether vocabulary journals, by providing students with multiple choices in terms of formatting and organization, can be used as a tool to foster autonomy. The results seem to indicate that the use of vocabulary journals in the classroom can indeed promote autonomy, although it is unclear whether the observed effects will be maintained in the long-term.