In the age of the internet, language learning is changing, and with it the role of the teacher. Gone are the days when to learn a language we had to seek out a native speaker or move to a different country to access a language. Now all of us can find people, words or audio in almost any language that we desire without leaving our desks. With all this data available, language teachers are increasingly serving more of a role as mediators between the input and the student, serving as a guide through language, and helping students to make this input salient.
Sunday’s #KELTChat will focus on what are called learning strategies:
specific actions, behaviours, steps, or techniques that students (often intentionally) use to improve their progress in developing L2 skills. These strageties can facilitate the internalization, storage, retrieval, or use of the new language. Strategies are tools for the self-directed involvement necessary for developing communicative ability. (Oxford, 1992/1993, p. 18)
The discussion will try to focus on useful learning strategies that we can pass on to our learners, which strategies work best for different groups, and perhaps any strategies that we have found useful in our own language learning endeavours.
We welcome anyone who has a practical or theoretical interest in learning strategies to join the chat, we’d love to hear what you have to contribute. If the above sounds interesting but a little perplexing, please also join us and ask some questions.
We’d be delighted to see you on Sunday.
Oxford, R. (1992/1993). Language learning strategies in a nutshell: Update and ESL suggestions. TESOL Journal, 2(2), 18-22.