Five Japanese Students’ Self-directed Learning With ICT: An Exploratory Study

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Remi Okazaki, Aoyama Gakuin University

This paper describes the learning experiences of five Japanese college students who completed 1 month of self-directed English learning using information and communications technology (ICT) in 2013. The students, who had an intermediate level of English or higher, engaged in three different types of activities: (a) watching English-language online movies and TV programs, (b) using smartphone apps for learning English, and (c) taking a series of online English lessons. The study employed a small-scale qualitative approach, including three questionnaires and a learning diary. The results provided specific insight into five cases of Japanese students’ self-directed English learning with ICT and the effects of these activities. The findings suggest some promising ways for Japanese students to practice effective self-directed English learning with ICT resources.