LD SIG: Autonomous learning: How can I help my students foster it?

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Yukiko Shimuzu, St. Hilda’s school, Tokyo


Japanese high school students are not usually given the opportunity to take charge of their own learning in large mixed level classes, but are required to take many exams while at the same time developing their English competence. This gives the students a negative attitude towards English. On the other hand, when they are placed in situations where they need to communicate with people from abroad, they use English as much as possible in order to make themselves understood. This paper describes such students’ attitudes towards English and their learning environment and also considers ways to improve their autonomy.