Autonomy In Language Learning

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PEDAGOGICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY OF COLOMBIA
FACULTY OF EDUCATION
SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES
PROGRAMME OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES
RESEARCH SEMINAR II
Student: Ana Milena Romero Vanegas
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM:
For many years, teachers and learners have debated about the importance of autonomy in the language learning process, and how this relationship conducts a significant learning. As a consequence, analyzing the students’ connection with their own learning helps to identify the quality of materials and the assertiveness of these related to students’ autonomy. Based on this assumption this research looks for understanding the real conceptions of autonomy and how the students coexist with autonomous practices to learn English recognizing as well
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It is vital the knowledge about autonomous practices in educational contexts and specifically in young-adult and adult language learners. For that reason, the research project is carried out at a private technical institute located in Chocontá, Cundinamarca. All the participants are accounting assistants’ students, they have two hours of English all the weekends. Eleven students, whose ages range from eighteen to forty-two.
In order to identify the students’ interests, their conceptions of autonomy, their spaces to learn English outside the classroom, their expectations about their language learning process and how they prefer learning English were administrated an observation and a survey to collect relevant information about the subjects before mentioned.
The results showed some common opinions about the usefulness of learning English to achieve more work opportunities and being fluent, but the participants practice any moment outside the classroom, it means, they do not dedicate time to learning English for their own. Likewise, they agree to look for a practical and conversational English guided by the technology for being able to overcome their weaknesses related to their skills. For these results, the understanding of the term autonomy and its implications represents a crucial point in this research, as Bergen (1990, cited in Dam 1995:2)
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- The use of technology as a learning tool, it is more accessible and creates interest.
SURVEY:
- Partial results:
- Recognize a lot of benefits to learning English
- Autonomy (low level of autonomy; they almost do not practice English out the classroom and autonomy perception; they do not identify their own autonomy)
- Spaces to learn(only practice English during the class, it means, one hour in the week)
- Use of material (they use; photocopies, dictionaries, books and apps and those materials that they like having like; internet and T.V series)
- Recognition of their own weaknesses; they consider have problems to communicate themselves in English, lack of fluently.
- Their own goals when they learn English (obtaining a better remuneration, more jobs options, understanding a new language, being fluent)
- Topics of interest (Football, technology, economy, finances, Colombian conflict and much

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