Using a ‘can-do’ statement as an advising tool to support independent learning (Talk T13)

Presenter: Azusa Kodate, Hiroshima Bunkyo Women’s University, Japan

Skills such as setting learning goals, utilising learning strategies and evaluating one’s own learning are widely believed to be essential for a successful language learner; yet attempts to convey such concepts are nevertheless often challenging. In this study, ‘Can-do’ statements were adopted as an advising tool to facilitate learning skills such as to help learners generate specific learning goals and promote actual linguistic competencies. This paper discusses the ways in which ‘can-do’ statements were perceived by the learners in terms of practicing and acquiring independent learning skills to achieve their language goals. It also demonstrates the applicability of the method to language learning advising as a tool to facilitate learning in independent learning contexts.

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