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Wednesday, August 12 • 4:00pm - 4:25pm
Putting the pieces together: An instructional technology toolkit for facilitating lifelong language learning

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Facilitating lifelong language learning amongst students is a frequently mentioned goal of many language teachers. We want our students to fall in love with the cultures and languages we have dedicated our lives to studying. However, igniting the spark for learning beyond our classrooms can be a real challenge. In our current educational culture where motivation for learning is too often focused on extrinsic motivations like passing tests and making good grades, how do we redirect students toward intrinsic motivations like a love for learning?

Research into various fields of study has provided evidence that it typically takes about ten years to master most skills. From this premise it stands to reason that in order for language learners to reach higher levels of language proficiency, there is a need to promote learner autonomy that extends learning beyond the classes language students take in schools.

Facilitating learner autonomy requires a reconceptualization of the way language classes are structured. Building upon goal theories, task-based language learning, and deep reflection within a transparent learning framework can help to provide students with the skills to continue learning beyond the classroom. This framework can set students on a more self-directed path toward language learning that is both intrinsically motivating and engaging.

Throughout my own research and practice I have begun to develop an instructional technology toolkit to facilitate this type of learning environment for my students. In this session I will share my own successes and challenges as I continually work to help my own students become more autonomous on their lifelong language learning journeys. Participants will leave with concrete examples and tools to explore in their own future research and practice.

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Amanda Romjue

Language Lab Director, Appalachian State University
Language, Literatures & Cultures

Wednesday August 12, 2015 4:00pm - 4:25pm EDT
Barker 110 (Thompson) 12 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA