How to Encourage Students towards Autonomy in Language Learning (2): Turning the Caleidoscope from Facilitators Experiences to Students Reflections. – The Example of a B1 German Course at the Helsinki University Language Centre

The 2016 implemented IDEAL (Individuelles Deutsch – Autonomes Lernen) course for German language learners (B1) at the Language Centre of the University of Helsinki was presented at the LASIG conference in Brno in September 2018. As our presentation triggered plentiful interest among the audience followed by productive discussions, we decided to submit another presentation of the core concept, this time with a change of focus from teachers’ experiences in the direction of learners’ reflections.
In this contribution we would like to give the students the floor and subsequently discuss their experiences of learning a foreign language autonomously. Furthermore, we would like to emphasize the students’ reflections on their learning effect.
Moreover in our presentation we would like to explain our specific course structure. Thus the main focus of the presentation includes individual counselling sessions as an essential support to empower students’ development towards autonomy. As an illustration we will show and discuss students’ portfolios and short video clips taken at counselling sessions. By analysing the students’ voices we try to find out what is crucial for their development and what strengthens Student Agency and what do students see when they take a look through their caleidoscope.

Referent/in - Presenter/s

  • Tia Patenge (Universität Helsinki, Finnland)

Zeit / Time

  • Freitag / Friday, 1.3.2019
  • 14:30 - 15:05 Uhr

Raum / Room

GW2 B2.890

Sprache / Language

Englisch / English