Facilitating Autonomous Language Learning

Martha Clark Cummings

Research tells us that autonomous learners are more successful language learners, but how do we encourage our students to be more autonomous? Building from Voller’s (1997) three roles for teachers working within an autonomous pedagogy--as facilitator, as a counselor, and as a resource, this presentation/workshop explains the characteristics of autonomous learning and then, together with participants, helps create a list of strategies and suggestions for teachers to help their students become more independent learners. A list of resources for supporting autonomous learning will also be provided.