Enhancing Learner Autonomy Through Reading Circles

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Ayako Hisatsune, Kanazawa Institute of Technology

Reading Circles are a student-centered approach to teaching reading. Teachers provide an environment where students work in small groups to study the reading and share the information with the rest of the class. In this paper, based on the author’s experience, a step-by-step method for incorporating Reading Circles into English classes is detailed. Subsequently, a survey study of learners’ attitudes toward the Reading Circle and student-centered learning is presented, the results of which suggest that this method not only helps learners prepare better for those English classes but also become more autonomous as learners. An additional benefit of Reading Circles is that they enable the teacher to gain insights into the students’ thinking and understanding.