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JACET Tohoku, July 2013

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Jo Mynard

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Transcript of JACET Tohoku, July 2013

Advising for language learner autonomy
Jo Mynard

What is Advising in Language Learning (ALL)
How is advising different from teaching?
How do you "do" advising?

What is Advising in Language Learning?
Advising in Action
Written advising (modules)
Face-to-face advising (help desk / booked)
Peer advising
Group advising
Combination advising
How is Advising Different from Teaching?
Future Directions
Learners' perspectives
Typology of tools
Evaluation methods

Autonomous language learner
face to face advising
written advising
peer advising
group advising

An interaction which aims to help a learner to direct his/her own path and become an autonomous language learner
S: . . . ok, I don’t look up every word but [pause]
A: Yeah, but quite
a fair amount.
S: Yes.
A: Why do you think you need to look up
a fair amount
of words? [paraphrasing]
S: Because I like to feel I have not
missed anything
Missed anything?
[pause] [echoing]
S: Yes. I mean...if I miss a word that may be the key to the meaning of the paragraph.
A: I see. [empathic response] And is this usually the case? [questioning]
S: No. Not really. I can still understand but I have
an hour on a small passage.
A: Hmmm
? [echoing]
Mozzon-McPherson, 2012, p. 53
(usually) one-to-one
flexible schedule
offered alongside self-directed study
an ongoing process
co-construction of knowledge
interaction varies according to readiness
(McCarthy, 2010)
promote language learner autonomy
individually-tailored experiences
"responsive rather than directive" (Benson, 2011, p. 191)
...advising is a
“system of interventions which aims at supporting students’ methodology of language learning by means of ‘conversations’, i.e., by using language in the framework of social interaction to help students reflect on their learning experience, identify inconsistencies and steer their own path”
(Esch, 1996, p. 42).

(Person-centred counselling, Rogers, 1951)
(usually) outside the classroom
self-access centre
"I want to improve my speaking skills"

"All my classmates speak better
English than I do"
"How can I prepare for the TOEIC test?"
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