A teacher's first experience with a lower-secondary autonomy classroom



Year of publication 2019
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Description In my talk I would like to share my first experiences of working with a lower-secondary group of twenty-one students in a Czech basic school during the course of EFL classes employing the principles of language learner autonomy. My action research aims to explore the dynamics of a classroom based on principles of learner autonomy as described by Leni Dam and David Little. I focus on the process of transitioning from more traditionally led English classes to classes that strife to use the full potential of learner autonomy. While implementing these principles I explore the dynamics of development of the language skills of the students as well as the development of their self-evaluation and peer-evaluation. In my talk I will briefly describe the theoretical underpinnings of my work, proceeding to presenting the findings from my preliminary research based on analysing my teaching diary and students’ logbooks as well as data provided by interviews with some of the students thus employing both my students’ and my perspective on this process. I will explore how my role as the teacher has been changing since I embarked on this journey and what have been the needed adjustments by me as the teacher and the students.
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