Evaluating Student's Perceptions of Online Counselor for Independent Language Learning

Evaluating Student's Perceptions of Online Counselor for Independent Language Learning

Yoko Hirata (Hokkai-Gakuen University, Japan)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 26
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-750-8.ch013
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Abstract

This chapter outlines theOnline Counselor computer program, which has been designedto assist students in planning and organizing their learning using appropriateresources, and evaluating their work. Based on the results of a study implemented forstudents who lack previous independent learning experience, it argues thatOnlineCounselor is effective in guiding their learning and developing their initiative,responsibility, self-awareness and independence in language learning while giving aconsiderable amount of freedom to them in performing tasks. Furthermore, the authorargues that different levels of support are important if online learning is intended toplay a major role in curriculum and teaching programs. Online independent languagelearning is best achieved by developing both learner and teacher autonomy andproviding extensive teacher development activities that encourage instructors toadopt self-reflective attitudes.

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