Capstone Project Title
Veenhuis, S. J. Fostering Autonomous Learning in University Language Students: Best Teaching Practices to Encourage Life-Long Learning. (2020)
Fostering autonomous language learning in university students is advantageous to their ability to push their language learning further. Implementation, however, is not a simple practice. There are many roles the teacher, students, and university must play. This capstone uses relevant literature to answer the research question, how can teachers of English as a foreign language at the university level help their students become successful, autonomous learners? The project informed by this capstone outlines a professional development training to help teachers understand how to implement autonomous learning in their classrooms by helping their students identify their strengths and weaknesses in the language, set achievable goals, and create a study plan that will help students to reach their individual goals outside of the classroom using teacher recommended learning strategies and resources. A major limitation of this capstone is a lack of opportunities for English foreign language (EFL) teachers to attend long-term professional development trainings. A possible implication of this project is that a conversation needs to be started about providing more training opportunities to EFL professionals and addressing the subject of autonomous learning in teacher training programs.
Veenhuis, Samantha, "Fostering Autonomous Learning in University Language Students: Best Teaching Practices to Encourage Life-Long Learning" (2020). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 524.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects